na·​ik | \ ˈnä|ik\
variants: or less commonly naig \ |ig \ or naigue \ |ˌēg \ or naique \ |ˌēk \ or nayak \ |yək \
plural -s

Definition of naik

1 : a leader, chief, or governor in India used as a title of authority or form of address
2 : a native subordinate officer in the British India army specifically : corporal

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History and Etymology for naik

Hindi nāyak, from Sanskrit nāyaka, literally, leader, from nayati he leads; akin to Middle Irish nē, nīa warrior, hero, Avestan nayeiti he leads, brings, Hittite nāi- to control, lead

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