variants: or Nair \ ˈnī(ə)r \
plural Nayar or Nayars or Nair or Nairs

Definition of Nayar

1 : a people of the Malabar coast of India formerly noted for polyandry and a matrilineal social organization
2 : a member of the Nayar people

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History and Etymology for Nayar

Malayalam nāyar, from Sanskrit nāyaka

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“Nayar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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