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

Examples of amah in a Sentence

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, 23 Jan. 2018

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Word History


Portuguese ama wet nurse, from Medieval Latin amma

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amah was in 1832

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“Amah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amah. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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