naik

noun
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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