[ ah-muh, am-uh ]
/ ˈɑ mə, ˈæm ə /

noun (in India and the Far East)

a baby's nurse, especially a wet nurse.
a female servant; maid.

Origin of amah

1830–40; < Portuguese ama nurse, governess < Medieval Latin amma wet nurse, perhaps alteration of Latin mamma breast Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for amah

/ (ˈɑːmə, ˈæmə) /


(in the East, esp formerly) a nurse or maidservant, esp one of Chinese originCompare ayah

Word Origin for amah

C19: from Portuguese ama nurse, wet nurse
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