ayah

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From various Indian languages, after Portuguese aia (nurse, governess), feminine of aio (tutor).

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ayah (plural ayahs)

  1. A verse in the Quran.
  2. A native female servant or maid, especially working for Europeans in South Asia.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘Watches of the Night’, Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio 2005, p. 59:
      She manufactured the Station scandal, and—talked to her ayah.

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Indonesian[edit]

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ayah

  1. father (male parent)

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Malay[edit]

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ayah

  1. father (male parent)

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