from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A housemaid, especially a wet nurse, in India and the Far East.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woman employed to look after children in India; a wet nurse.
  • n. A maid in China and other parts of Asia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else.
  • n. a female domestic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A nurse; especially, a wet-nurse.
  • n. A lady's-maid; a maid-servant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else
  • n. a female domestic


Portuguese ama, nurse, from Medieval Latin amma, mother.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Portuguese ama, from Medieval Latin amma, perhaps an alteration of mamma, of imitative origin, or from Ancient Greek. (Wiktionary)


  • Ni'amah's house and frequented his slave-wife, Naomi.

    Arabian nights. English

  • Quoth Ni'amah's mother, "I fear lest thy lord know;" but said the old woman, "By Allah, I will not let her take seat on the floor; no, she shall look, standing on her feet, and not tarry."

    Arabian nights. English

  • “She got a great deal from her amah,” said Marian.


  • “That amah, she raised her,” Grace said sniff-ily.


  • Looking after Carol for the first time without an amah, cooking, cleaning, washing, and shopping for a family of three on the single modest salary that was all they had now that she herself was no longer teaching, meant hard physical labor and stringent economy.


  • Gov Zaldy clasping my hand said: “Ipaubaya ni amah si Datu Unsay sayo” and turned over Datu Unsay to me.

    Philippines: Martial Law Declared in Maguindano Province

  • The word for “maidservant” is amah, which can connote a high status or honorific title, as well as marital status, when it is associated with an important official such as Elnathan the governor.

    Shelomith 2: Bible.

  • The inclusion of a female Davidic descendant as amah with Elnathan was certainly one way of solidifying local support for the Persian-appointed administration.

    Shelomith 2: Bible.

  • Has two Secret Service men, and brought over two of her own, a trained nurse, amah, cook, etc.

    The Last Empress

  • I climbed out of the window and escaped with the help of my amah.

    The Last Empress

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