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induna

[in-doo-nuh] /ɪnˈdu nə/
noun
1.
an official functionary of a king or chief in South African Bantu societies.
Origin of induna
1870-1875
Borrowed into English from Zulu around 1870-75
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  • But this happens to be the induna—the one train of the whole line.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • Ncwelo, though a chief of some influence, was not an induna.

    The White Shield Bertram Mitford
  • But I, remembering my dignity as an induna of the King, still stood.

    The White Shield Bertram Mitford
  • Is not all I have at the disposal of the second induna of the King?

    The Induna's Wife Bertram Mitford
  • He had gained over to his cause Nongalaza, an induna of importance.

    The Induna's Wife Bertram Mitford
  • This also I do not understand, and have sent my induna, Tambusa, as my “mouth” to say so.

    The Induna's Wife Bertram Mitford
  • “That is not the matter about which I am here,” replied the induna.

    The Induna's Wife Bertram Mitford
  • I will lobola for Nangeza, and soon I shall be an induna, and she shall be my “great wife.”

    The King's Assegai Bertram Mitford
  • They were hitting a smart pace, with the induna in the lead.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
  • We had not been in camp more than a few minutes when an induna came to see Tuys.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
British Dictionary definitions for induna

induna

/ɪnˈduːnə/
noun
1.
(in South Africa) a Black African overseer in a factory, mine, etc
Word Origin
C20: from Zulu nduna an official
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