Definition of bania in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌnɪə/

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(In India) a trader or merchant.
Example sentences
  • 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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