Main definitions of iban in English

: Iban1IBAN2

Iban1

noun

  • 1A member of an indigenous people of Kalimantan and Sarawak.

    Also called Sea Dayak
    • ‘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.’
  • 2mass noun The Austronesian language of the Iban, spoken by around 380,000 people.

adjective

  • Relating to the Iban or their 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.’
    • ‘Bisaya, Iban, and Penan people also live in Sarawak, and Dusun and Murut people in both Sarawak and Sabah.’
    • ‘It will also carry the information: ‘This is the translation of the Bible in the Iban language'.’
    • ‘It's the natives of Borneo - in particular the former head hunting Iban tribe - that have captured Keith's heart.’
    • ‘In the second case, a young woman preparing for her wedding accepted a cigarette from her visiting Iban sister-in-law.’

Origin

The name in Iban.

Pronunciation

Iban

/ˈiːban/

Main definitions of iban in English

: Iban1IBAN2

IBAN2

  • International Bank Account Number.

Pronunciation

IBAN

/ˈʌɪban/