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 (ä′yə, ā′ə, ī′ə)
A housemaid or children's nurse in South Asia.

[Hindi āyā, from Portuguese aia, nursemaid, from Latin avia, grandmother; see awo- in Indo-European roots.]


(Professions) (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
[C18: from Hindi āyā, from Portuguese aia, from Latin avia grandmother]


(ˈɑ yə)

(in India) an Indian nursemaid or lady's maid.
[1775–85; < Hindi āyā < Portuguese aia maidservant < Latin avia grandmother]
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Noun1.ayah - (in India) a native nursemaid who looks after childrenayah - (in India) a native nursemaid who looks after children
Bharat, India, Republic of India - a republic in the Asian subcontinent in southern Asia; second most populous country in the world; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
domestic, domestic help, house servant - a servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household
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Mahmoud said he had tried to persuade his son from going to work in North Sinai, a restive region, but then he recalled a Quranic verse that says no one will die unless it is God's will.
At one point, a man stands up and offers a lengthy quiz on the history of Quranic verse, largely for the benefit of young boys in the group who compete to answer the questions.
This decision is in conformity with the principles of the Holy Islamic religion which calls for solidarity and mutual aid between Islamic peoples mainly in this blessed month of Ramadan, pursuant to Quranic verse "The month of Ramadhan in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion".
Bin Mahmoud also cited a Quranic verse that requires Muslims to punish their enemies in kind.
This Quranic verse gives us a very important aspect of worship.
A Taliban spokesman in Doha, Shaheen Suhail, suggested the Taliban were willing to move forward despite anger among some members over the removal of the name and the lowering of the Taliban flag - a white flag emblazoned with a Quranic verse in black, the Dawn News reports.
Between now and then, I find something or someone to remind me of how certain statements are often taken out of context, as for example is the famous case with the Quranic verse "Woe to the worshippers.
Based on above Quranic verse, those who cause corruption and think that they are reformers.
Al-Shaykh 'Abd al-Rahman al-Sa'di frequently explains the Lordship of Allah (Rububiyah) whenever there is a Quranic verse related to this aspect (al-Sa'di 1997: 23).
As a case in point he notes that the Quranic verse "And the earth moreover hath He made egg shaped" seems to describe the true shape of the planet even though flat-earth theories prevailed during the seventh century when the Quran was revealed.
Derakhshan, who maintains blogs in English and Farsi, noted that Islamic Army has "picked particular posts from my Persian blog, in which they think I've insulted the God, and other sacred concepts of Islam and therefore, quoting from a Quranic verse, I deserve to be killed.
Why then does he not believe in the Quranic verse that I quoted in my last letter?