Definition of ayah noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈaɪə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaɪə//
    (Indian English)
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  1. 1a woman whose job is caring for children, doing domestic work, etc.
  2. 2a person whose job is caring for somebody who is ill/sick
  3. Word OriginAnglo-Indian, from Portuguese aia ‘nurse’, feminine of aio ‘tutor’.