- 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
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Examples from the Web for amah
Then he makes up his mind the best thing is to leave Daisy with the Amah.
I told you I wouldn't have your disgusting pipe in here, amah.
It's very convenient that you should always be within earshot when you're wanted, amah.
I've never seen anyone let an amah behave as you let her behave.
It was very easy for him to get into the room after amah and I went away.
- (in the East, esp formerly) a nurse or maidservant, esp one of Chinese originCompare ayah
C19: from Portuguese ama nurse, wet nurse
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Word Origin and History for amah
"wet-nurse," 1839, Anglo-Indian, from Portuguese ama "nurse," from Medieval Latin amma "mother," from PIE root *am-, forming nursery words.
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