Definition of shamiana in English:

shamiana

noun

Indian
  • A marquee.

    • ‘In time the shamianas and tents were replaced by buildings - barracks for soldiers and quarters for officers and their families.’
    • ‘Anything from chairs and tables to utensils, lamps and shamianas are there for the asking, for a ‘small’ price.’
    • ‘One viewer complained that a few select stands had all the facilities: shamianas and carpets and flower pots and bottled drinks on ice.’
    • ‘Heat, dust and rusty autorickshaws that await the tourist who decides to venture on a local sightseeing are all just part of the show; so are the shamianas erected by the side of the wharf and people selling handicrafts.’
    • ‘Since the hall can seat only about 2,000 guests, the land adjacent to the compound is also being taken on rent to put up shamianas.’

Origin

Via Urdu from Persian shāmiyāna.

Pronunciation

shamiana

/ˈʃɑːmɪɑːnə/