plural -s
: a Quechuan system of exchange of assistance usually in the form of labor
also : a group that lends such assistance

Word History


Quechua áyni, literally, recompense

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aini was in 1946

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“Aini.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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