Entry from British & World English dictionary
(In India) a trader or merchant.
- Look at the subject: the milkman, the barber, the priest, the unbiquitous paan vendor, the artisan, the crafty bania.
- As the hill stations grew, there was an expansion in trade, and it was often the much-detested banias from the plains who rushed in to avail themselves of new opportunities.
- Both communities were providing stiff competition to the patels and banias of Gujarat.
From Hindi baniyā, from Sanskrit vāṇija.
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