Nair

[nahyer, nahy-er]
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noun, plural Nair, Nairs.

a group of Hindu castes in the Kerala region of India.
a member of any one of these castes.

adjective

of or relating to this group of castes or their members.

Also Nayer.

Origin of Nair

1580–85; < Portuguese naire < Malayalam nāyar members of ruling caste < Sanskrit nāya to lead
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