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wallah

or wal·la

[ wah-lah, -luh ]
/ ˈwɑ lɑ, -lə /
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Definition of wallah

noun Indian English.
a person in charge of, employed at, or concerned with a particular thing (used in combination): a book wallah; a ticket wallah.
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Origin of wallah

First recorded in 1770–80; from Hindi -wālā, an adjective suffix meaning “connected with, pertaining to,” also a noun suffix meaning “person in charge” (functionally equivalent to the English agent noun suffix -er1); from Prakrit, Sanskrit pāla- “protector,” a derivative of the root pā- “to protect”
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British Dictionary definitions for wallah

wallah

walla

/ (ˈwɒlə) /

noun
(usually in combination) informal a person involved with or in charge of (a specified thing)the book wallah

Word Origin for wallah

C18: from Hindi -wālā from Sanskrit pāla protector
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