(in India) a native nursemaid who looks after children
A native female servant or maid, especially working for Europeans in South Asia.
Origin: From various Indian languages, after aia, feminine of aio.
a native nurse for children; also, a lady's maid
Origin: [Pg. aia, akin to Sp. aya a governess, ayo a tutor.]
Ayah or Aayah" is the Arabic word for 'evidence' or 'sign'. The term also refers to verses of the Qur'an which are marked with a verse number written at the end of each verse. Although the term is usually used to refer to the smallest unit of the Qur'an, or a verse, it is doubtful whether it ever means anything other than sign or a remarkable event in the Qur'an. The ‘sign’ refers to various phenomena, sometimes it refers to nature, creation of the universe, the alternation of day and night, rainfall, or the life and growth plants. Other references are to the fate of unbelievers, the reward of believers, or miracles. For example: Chapters in the Qur'an, called suras in Arabic, are made up of several verses. Chapters vary in length, ranging from 3 to 286 verses. Within a long chapter, the verses may be further grouped into thematic sequences or passages. For the purpose of interpretation, the verses are separated into two groups: those that are clear and unambiguous and those that are allegorical. This distinction is based on the Qur'an itself: "It is God Who has sent down to you the Book. In it are verses that are 'clear', they are the foundation of the Book. Others are 'allegorical' but those in whose hearts is perversity follow the part thereof that is allegorical, seeking discord, and searching for its hidden meanings, but no one knows its hidden meanings except God. And those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: We believe in the Book, the whole of it is from our Lord. And none will grasp the Message except men of understanding."
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ā′ya, n. a native Indian waiting-maid. [Anglo-Ind.: Hind. āya, derived from the Port. aia, nurse.]
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The numerical value of ayah in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of ayah in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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