ayah

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Etymology 1[edit]

From various Indian languages (e.g. Hindi आया (āyā, dry nurse, nanny)), from Portuguese aia (nurse, governess), feminine of aio (tutor), possibly from Latin avia (grandmother).

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ayah (plural ayahs)

  1. A South Asian female servant, maid or nanny, historically, often one working for Europeans in South Asia.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, “Watches of the Night”, in Plain Tales from the Hills (fiction):
      She manufactured the Station scandal, and talked to her ayah.
    • 1989, Shashi Tharoor, The Great Indian Novel, New York: Arcade Publishing, 2011, Book 4,[1]
      [] a cot of iron had to be manufactured for [Bhim] after he had demolished two wooden cribs with a lusty kick of his foot; and a succession of bruised ayahs had finally to be replaced by a male attendant, a former Hastinapur all-in wrestling champion.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from Arabic آيَة(ʾāya, sign, token).

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ayah (plural ayahs or ayat)

  1. (Islam) A verse in the Quran.
    Synonym: ayat
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Indonesian[edit]

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From Malay ayah (father), from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *aya (father’s sister, father’s sister’s husband), from Proto-Austronesian *aya.[1]

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  • IPA(key): /a.jah/
  • Hyphenation: a‧yah

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ayah (first-person possessive ayahku, second-person possessive ayahmu, third-person possessive ayahnya)

  1. (formal) father (male parent)

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Malay[edit]

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From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *aya (father’s sister, father’s sister’s husband), from Proto-Austronesian *aya.

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ayah (Jawi spelling ايه‎, plural ayah-ayah, informal 1st possessive ayahku, impolite 2nd possessive ayahmu, 3rd possessive ayahnya)

  1. (formal, polite) father (male parent)
    Ayah DanielDaniel's father
    Synonyms: abah, bapa, rama

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  • Indonesian: ayah

Etymology 2[edit]

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Borrowed from Hindi आया (āyā), from Portuguese aia.

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ayah (Jawi spelling ايه‎, plural ayah-ayah, informal 1st possessive ayahku, impolite 2nd possessive ayahmu, 3rd possessive ayahnya)

  1. (dated) nursemaid, usually one of Indian ancestry

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