One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of an indigenous people of Sarawak and Borneo.
- ‘The Kayans are perhaps less aggressive than any other of the interior peoples with the exception of the Punans.’
- ‘Everybody got drunk on tuak and had a great time, though the Kayans never caught any fish.’
- ‘The other Dayak groups, especially the Kayans and Penans, have maintained their ancient customs, habits, and religious beliefs to a much greater extent.’
- ‘There is a disciplinary board with elder Kayans acting as advisers since they are well versed in customary law.’
- ‘In the village I saw the Kayans singing songs and playing musical instruments to get money from the tourists.’
2mass noun The Indonesian language of the Kayan.
- ‘Consider the following systems from two western Malayo-Polynesian languages spoken within a few hundred miles of each other: Kayan, spoken in central Borneo; and Kimaragang Dusun, spoken in northeastern Borneo.’
- ‘Kenyah and Kayan are closely related Austronesian languages.’
Relating to the Kayan or their language.
- ‘Nevertheless, the feeling that moral dangers attend the habit of smoking is real enough and the censure that accrues to the practice is a deterrent to most young Kayan women.’
- ‘Patterns of consumption do vary, however, including between Kayan communities themselves.’
- ‘As with early processes of conversion, the decision to cease making rice wine seems to have been taken on a community basis at some Kayan villages.’
- ‘This paper is based on field research in the mid-1990s in a remote upriver Kayan community on the Baram River in Sarawak, East Malaysia.’
- ‘Combined with driving large timber trucks, these things define a certain kind of dash among young Kayan men.’
The name in Kayan.
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