Meaning of dai in English:


Pronunciation /dʌɪ/

nounplural noun dais

  • A midwife or wet nurse.

    ‘Her family sent for Sitawati, the village dai (midwife).’
    • ‘Following the tradition of her grandmother and mother, she served the community as a dai ben (a midwife) and was well known for her skill and care.’
    • ‘And they stopped paying the dai even the little they used to.’
    • ‘Mohan's thoughts have drifted back to India, his homeland, to Kaveri Amma, the woman who was his dai and looked after him when he was growing up.’
    • ‘The village has two young expectant mothers who will depend on the village's dai or midwife when their children are due.’


From Urdu, from Persian dāyah.