from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A traveller.
- n. A merchant in the East (so called because merchants were formerly the chief travellers).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A traveler.
- n. A merchant; -- so called in the East because merchants were formerly the chief travelers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the East, a merchant; a rich gentleman; a European gentleman.
He makes the fires, waits on the crew, and is at everybody's beck and call, from the howadji to the sailor.
It was a happy thought; visions of Venice; the moonlit lagoon; the reflected lamps plunging their tongues of flame into the sea; the humid air, the almost breathless silence, broken at intervals by the baying of deep-mouthed bells; the splash of oars; the soft tripping measure of human voices and the refrain of the gondoliers; Jack by his side -- Jack now in her element, with the maroon fez of the distinguished howadji tilted upon the back of her handsome head, her shapely finger-nails stained with henna, her wrists weighed down with their scores of tinkling bangles!