Definition of naik in US English:



  • 1In South Asia: a lord, prince, or governor; a nobleman.

  • 2An officer or corporal in a corps of Indian or Nepalese troops. In extended use: an Indian or Nepalese team leader in a mountaineering expedition, etc.


Late 16th century. From Tamil and Malayalam nāyakaṉ from Sanskrit nāyaka guide, leader, chief from nī- to lead.