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also a·ma  (ä′mə, ä′mä)
A housemaid or children's nurse, especially in East Asia and Southeast Asia.

[Portuguese ama, nurse, from Medieval Latin amma, mother.]


(ˈɑːmə; ˈæmə)
(in the East, esp formerly) a nurse or maidservant, esp one of Chinese origin. Compare ayah
[C19: from Portuguese ama nurse, wet nurse]


(ˈɑ mə, ˈæm ə)

(in the Far East) a female servant, esp. a nursemaid.
[1830–40; < Portuguese ama wet nurse < Medieval Latin amma]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.amah - a woman hired to suckle a child of someone elseamah - a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else
nanny, nursemaid, nurse - a woman who is the custodian of children
2.amah - a female domesticamah - a female domestic      
chambermaid, fille de chambre - a maid who is employed to clean and care for bedrooms (now primarily in hotels)
domestic, domestic help, house servant - a servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household
handmaid, handmaiden - a personal maid or female attendant
lady's maid - a maid who is a lady's personal attendant
parlormaid, parlourmaid - a maid in a private home whose duties are to care for the parlor and the table and to answer the door
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(ˈaːmə) noun
1. in Eastern Countries, a native female servant.
2. a baby's nurse, especially a wet-nurse.
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