variants or less commonly naig
or naigue
or naique
or nayak
plural -s
: a leader, chief, or governor in India
used as a title of authority or form of address
: a native subordinate officer in the British India army
specifically : corporal

Word History


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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“Naik.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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