(in India) a native maid or nurse.
ayah Abu Basheer is a lecturer at the Islamic University in Gaza City.
Still Not Rebuilt From Last Time Anna Lekas Miller November 16, 2012
Her remark had followed the ayah’s explanation of her appearance with the child.
Banked Fires E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
ayah and little Fay were in the nursery across the passage, where there was a fire.
Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
And the ayah, who could hold no Christian communication with anybody around her, was worse than useless to her poor mistress.
Madonna Mary Mrs. Oliphant
As I have told you, she was his ayah, and has behaved most nobly.
At the Point of the Bayonet G. A. Henty
The ayah was dead, and I who tell this tale was alone with a corpse in the encircling atmosphere!
Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 108, March 2nd 1895 Various
In that case, the ayah, the housemaid is of more consequence than you.
Phoebe, Junior Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
When Colonel Darling returned from parade the ayah was gone from the passage-way outside his wife’s room.
The Tigress Anne Warner
Her ayah and Rosie were soon resplendent in her gift of new sarees.
A Bottle in the Smoke Milne Rae
The ayah had been taken ill in the night, and it was because she had just died that the servants had wailed in the huts.
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
(in the East, Africa, and other parts of the former British Empire) a maidservant, nursemaid, or governess, esp one of Indian or Malay origin Compare amah
“native nurse, children’s governess,” Anglo-Indian, 1782, from Portuguese aia, cognate with Spanish aya, Italian aja, etc., “nurse,” from Latin avia “grandmother,” fem. of avus “grandfather” (see uncle).
a woody South American vine, Banisteriopsis caapi, of the malpighia family, having bark that is the source of harmine, a hallucinogenic alkaloid used by Amazon Indians. Historical Examples They make use of a narcotic drink called ayahuasca, which produces effects similar to those of opium. The Andes and the Amazon James Orton noun a Brazilian […]
a female given name: from an African word meaning “beautiful flower.”. Historical Examples But no matter what they might do he would be Klitonda, the Ayana chief, to the bitter end. The Chief of the Ranges H. A. Cody “The chief of the Ayana gives his daughter to the young white man,” he said. The […]
a male given name: from a Yoruba word meaning “we gave praises and he came.”.
(among Shiʿites) a title in the religious hierarchy achieved by scholars who have demonstrated highly advanced knowledge of Islamic law and religion. Contemporary Examples The ayatollah Khomeini famously called the United States the Great Satan. David’s Book Club: Darkness At Noon David Frum August 25, 2012 For Pawlenty, evidently, Thomas Jefferson and the ayatollah Khomeini […]