saraf (plural sarafs)
- A provider of financial services in the Middle East and in South Asia, especially (historical) during the early modern and colonial period.
- 1598, William Phillip translating Jan Huygen van Linschoten as Discours of Voyages into ye Easte & West Indies, Bk. i, Ch. xxxiii, p. 66:
- 1811, John Pinkerton translating Carsten Niebuhr as "Travels in Arabia" in A General Collection of Voyages and Travels..., Vol. X, p. 71:
- He sent us to receive the money from his Saraf, or banker.
- 1877, James Carlile McCoan, Egypt As It Is, p. 115:
- The mâmour... till the recent reform appointing a Controller-General of Receipts, received the taxes from the saraffs.
- 1897 July, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, p. 24:
- They [Armenians] prospered as our ‘Sarrafs’.