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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Origin and Etymology of 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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