Definition of ayah in English:

ayah

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Pronunciation: /ˈʌɪə
 
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noun

A nursemaid or nanny employed by Europeans in India or another former British territory.
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  • By 1753 you could find Indians employed as servants and ayahs, nurses for children, in the households of a significant number of the British elite.
  • When a deadly snake, a black krait, slithered into my nursery and my ayah [Indian nanny] ran screaming from the room, her ankle bracelets chattering in panic, it was Yah Mohammed who calmly killed the krait.
  • In the 17th century servants and ayahs were brought over by British families returning from India.

Origin

Anglo-Indian, from Portuguese aia 'nurse', feminine of aio 'tutor'.

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