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bwana

[ bwah-nuh ]
/ ˈbwɑ nə /
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noun
(in Africa) master; boss.
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Origin of bwana

1875–80; <Swahili <Arabic abūnā our father

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bwana
/ (ˈbwɑːnə) /

noun
(in E Africa) a master, often used as a respectful form of address corresponding to sir

Word Origin for bwana

Swahili, from Arabic abūna our father
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