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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.]
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(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]
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(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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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We need to learn the true meaning and interpretation of the Quranic verse which likens the slaying of one innocent human life to the whole humanity being killed.
Al Hatali detailed how the extremists have tried to distort the concept of Hijra (the peaceful migration of Muslims to countries where they would be spared persecution), in the Quranic verse:
This motto has been derived from famous Quranic verse revealed in 625 AD during the Battle of Uhad when Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and his companions encountered a numerically superior enemy and Allah SWT helped them during the tough ordeal, said a press release.
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Navy on Sunday released a new patriotic song titled 'Yaqeen-e-Kamil' derived from Quranic verse 'Hasbuna Allahu Wa Ni'mal Wakeel.'
Pakistan Navy has released a new patriotic song titled "Yaqeen-e-Kamil" derived from Quranic verse "Hasbuna Allahu Wa Ni'mal Wakeel,".
He was referencing the Quranic verse that states: "You are indeed the best community that has ever been brought forth for [the good of] mankind: You enjoin the doing of what is right and forbid the doing of what is wrong, and you believe in God." (3:110)
Bin Mahmoud also cited a Quranic verse that requires Muslims to punish their enemies in kind.
The calligrapher extracted the ink from the Damascene flower and inscribed the Quranic verse on paper made of its tree's bark.
This Quranic verse gives us a very important aspect of worship.
Mohamed Yssef, secretary general of the Higher Council for Ulema on the theme "Civil society at the service of religious principles", drawing on Quranic verse: "And let there be [arising] from you a nation inviting to [all that is] good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, and those will be the successful," the statement added.
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."