Definition for banian (2 of 2)
- a Hindu trader or merchant of a particular caste, the rules of which forbid eating flesh.
- a loose shirt, jacket, or gown.
Origin of banyan
Examples from the Web for banian
On banian or fish days, our men preferred eating these roots with oil and vinegar to the best stock-fish.
I had not gazed upon the blue diamonds since the day when I had restored the two stones shown to the banian merchant in Lahore.Tales of Destiny|Edmund Mitchell
To this banian all the Company's servants are made subject; they are bound to obey all his orders, and those of his committee.
Outside he saw his old father a little way off, standing under a banian tree, barefooted and wrapped in a piece of namabali.Mashi and Other Stories|Rabindranath Tagore
A branch of the Banian tree fell, but Tatangia sprung aside and escaped.Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before|George Turner