- (in India) a native maid or nurse.
Origin of ayah
Examples from the Web for ayah
Ayah Abu Basheer is a lecturer at the Islamic University in Gaza City.Still Not Rebuilt From Last Time
Anna Lekas Miller
November 17, 2012
They had been happy, Ayah said, with the kind lady and her children.
Ayah might not be exactly beautiful, but she was harmonious.
Ayah and little Fay were in the nursery across the passage, where there was a fire.
Since the night of Ayah's departure there had not been such a scene.
To the right you may observe an Ayah spoiling some young Britons.From Edinburgh to India & Burmah
William G. Burn Murdoch
- (in the East, Africa, and other parts of the former British Empire) a maidservant, nursemaid, or governess, esp one of Indian or Malay originCompare amah
Word Origin and History for ayah
"native nurse, children's governess," Anglo-Indian, 1782, from Portuguese aia, cognate with Spanish aya, Italian aja, etc., "nurse," from Latin avia "grandmother," fem. of avus "grandfather" (see uncle).