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  • Asunto

    ayo, m - aya, f


    Is there a similar English word for the historic male nurse / nanny / teacher / tutor of (mostly) princes ?

    The Leo dictionary De⇔Es has both forms :

    Siehe Wörterbuch: [es-de] aya

     el aya  - sustantivo fem.      die Erzieherin Pl.: die Erzieherinnen   

    el aya  - sustantivo fem.      das Kindermädchen Pl.: die Kindermädchen

    Siehe Wörterbuch: [es-de] ayo

     el ayo            der Erzieher Pl.: die Erzieher

    el ayo            der Hauslehrer Pl.: die Hauslehrer

    ... the Leo dictionary En⇔Es only lists the female form :

    Siehe Wörterbuch: aya

     nanny  - person employed to look after a child   el aya  - sustantivo fem.

    nurse  - nanny  en desuso         el aya  - sustantivo fem.


    So far I found only :


    masculine noun


    Autor no me bré (700807) 14 May 20, 12:32
    no me, I've never heard of a masculine form in English, but in my experience (British books set in the time of the Raj), the feminine was traditionally spelled ayah with an H. So I wonder if the same might apply.
    #1Autor hm -- us (236141) 16 May 20, 01:11

    Thank you, hm !

    I found some dictionary entries for "ayah" ... but none mentions a masculine form of the word (except for Portuguese) ... and all of them say that it's mostly used in Indian English ... as, among others :



       A nursemaid or nanny employed by Europeans in India or another former British territory.


    Anglo-Indian, from Portuguese aia ‘nurse’, feminine of aio ‘tutor’.

     ayah in British English

    (ˈaɪə )


    (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

    Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers

    Word origin

    C18: from Hindi āyā, from Portuguese aia, from Latin avia grandmother ...

    #2Autor no me bré (700807) 16 May 20, 11:38
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