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Definition of amah

: a female servant in eastern Asia especially : a Chinese nurse

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Recent Examples on the Web In colonial days, many families had a lifelong helper known as an amah (after the Portuguese word for nurse). Time, "Inside an Opera That Uses Everything Including the Kitchen Sink to Depict the Lives of Domestic Helpers," 23 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of amah

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amah

Portuguese ama wet nurse, from Medieval Latin amma

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“Amah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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