Definition of Kayan in English:
noun (plural same or Kayans)
1A member of an indigenous people of Sarawak and Borneo.
- In the village I saw the Kayans singing songs and playing musical instruments to get money from the tourists.
- Everybody got drunk on tuak and had a great time, though the Kayans never caught any fish.
- There is a disciplinary board with elder Kayans acting as advisers since they are well versed in customary law.
2The Indonesian language of the Kayan.
- Kenyah and Kayan are closely related Austronesian languages.
- Consider the following systems from two western Malayo-Polynesian languages spoken within a few hundred miles of each other: Kayan, spoken in central Borneo; and Kimaragang Dusun, spoken in northeastern Borneo.
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Relating to the Kayan or their language.
- As with early processes of conversion, the decision to cease making rice wine seems to have been taken on a community basis at some Kayan villages.
- Nevertheless, the feeling that moral dangers attend the habit of smoking is real enough and the censure that accrues to the practice is a deterrent to most young Kayan women.
- Patterns of consumption do vary, however, including between Kayan communities themselves.
The name in Kayan.
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