Definition of bavian in English:

bavian

(also bawian, babiaan, baviaan)

noun

  • 1Usually with capital initial. A character in a morris dance representing a baboon, and typically engaging in wild, foolish, or lewd behaviour.

  • 2South African derogatory, figurative, rare A baboon; specifically (South African) the chacma, Papio ursinus. Also figurative (derogatory): a fool, an idiot. Compare "babion". Now rare.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Shakespeare (1564–1616), playwright and poet. From Dutch baviaan, † baviaen baboon.

Pronunciation

bavian

/ˈbeɪvɪən/