Definition of bai in English:

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Pronunciation: /bʌɪ/

noun (plural bais)

1 [often as name] A polite form of address for a woman.
Example sentences
  • I had hoped to compose for Lata bai for a long time.
  • Sold at an open auction by the panchayat in a town of Madhya Pradesh a few years ago, Devaki bai had nothing but bad memories of the past.
  • I went to meet Bhanwri bai and she narrated the whole story to me.
2A maid.
Example sentences
  • Then the daily bai Rosita will also come to help you.
  • I derive strength from everyday women, like my bai or my cook,’ she says excitedly.
  • The less privileged instinctively know this and that's why even your bai will somehow scrimp and scrounge but prefer to send her child to an ‘English medium’ school.


Marathi, 'lady', possibly from Turkish baaji.

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