Origin of ayah
Examples from the Web for ayah
Ayah Abu Basheer is a lecturer at the Islamic University in Gaza City.
She decided to call the ayah and relieve her poor heart by assuring her of the innocence of her granddaughter.
I was saved by the fidelity of an ayah, who had been in the family for ten years.At the Point of the Bayonet|G. A. Henty
It was not the custom to say "please" and "thank you" and Mary had always slapped her Ayah in the face when she was angry.The Secret Garden|Frances Hodgson Burnett
She stowed the box safely away, fearing lest even her ayah should discover it and marvel at the fate of the much-prized treasure.
He stood between her and the ayah, so that she could not see the woman huddled on the floor.Told in the East|Talbot Mundy
British Dictionary definitions for ayah
Word Origin for ayah
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).