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bwana

[bwah-nuh] /ˈbwɑ nə/
noun
1.
(in Africa) master; boss.
Origin of bwana
1875-1880
1875-80; < Swahili < Arabic abūnā our father
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  • "N'dio, bwana," assented the latter to a speech of which he understood not one word.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • More and more stretches the distance between the bwana and his headman.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • "I call him bwana m'kubwa (great master)," replied Simba blandly.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Now we must go back to where bwana Marefu can come to fix my eyes.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • "We tell no lies, bwana" said one of the messengers earnestly.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Well had he deserved his native name of bwana Nyele--the master with the mane.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • You must get hold of bwana Nyele, and you must tie him fast also, and keep him from his safari.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Then after two weeks we send two men to tell the bwana where we are.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • When he looked at it, and then at our bwana, I read everything in his mind.

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  • Chorus (with unctuous relish): "The bwana ought to have beaten you!"

British Dictionary definitions for bwana

bwana

/ˈbwɑːnə/
noun
1.
(in E Africa) a master, often used as a respectful form of address corresponding to sir
Word Origin
Swahili, from Arabic abūna our father
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Word Origin and History for bwana

respectful or reverential form of address in East Africa, 1878, from Swahili.

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