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Nair

[ nahyer, nahy-er ]
/ naɪər, ˈnaɪ ər /
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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.
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Origin of Nair

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