- (in Malay-speaking countries) sir; lord: a form of address used as a mark of respect
- a flying phalanger, Phascogale tapoatafa, of Australia. It is about the size of a rat, bluish grey in colour, brush-tailed, arboreal, and nocturnalAlso called: wambenger, brush-tailed phascogale, phascogale
C19: from a native Australian language
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Examples from the Web for tuan
Would the Tuan Besar be so good as to tell them how to make the big prahu steer?The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
"We know each other, Tuan Abdulla," he said, with an assumption of easy indifference.
But you are brave, you are strong—you are a man; and, Tuan—I am older than you—you are in her hand.
Tell me, Tuan, do you think the big trees know the name of the ruler?
He had the gun you had given him, Tuan, before you went away, but there was only a handful of powder.Tales of Unrest