ˈī-ə How to pronounce ayah (audio)
: a nurse or maid native to India

Word History


Hindi & Urdu āyā, from Portuguese aia, from Latin avia grandmother

First Known Use

1779, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ayah was in 1779

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“Ayah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ayah. Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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