There are 2 main definitions of Iban in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈiːban

noun (plural same)

1A member of an indigenous people of Kalimantan and Sarawak. Also called Sea Dayak.
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  • Some of the tribes that reside in Sarawak, Malaysia are the Iban, Orang Ulu, and Bidayuh.
  • He's been to visit the Iban so many times that when he visits he is treated like an old friend.
  • The Iban, a tribe of friendly headhunters, inhabits the area.
2 [mass noun] The Austronesian language of the Iban, spoken by around 380,000 people.


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Relating to the Iban or their language.
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  • It will also carry the information: ‘This is the translation of the Bible in the Iban language'.
  • Jenkin's film is a period piece, the story of an Iban servant girl who falls in love with a young Englishman in British-ruled Borneo.
  • It's the natives of Borneo - in particular the former head hunting Iban tribe - that have captured Keith's heart.


the name in Iban.