Definition of panyar in US English:

panyar

verb

historical
  • with object Originally in West Africa: to seize as a guarantee or security; to seize as plunder, to steal; specifically to kidnap as a slave.

Origin

Late 17th century. From Portuguese penhorar to distrain, seize as a pledge or security from classical Latin pignorāre, pignerāre to give as a pledge, pledge, pawn, in post-classical Latin also to take in pledge, to plunder, invade an enemy's lands.

Pronunciation

panyar

/pəˈnjɑː/