- (in Africa) master; boss.
Origin of bwana
Examples from the Web for bwana
Historical Examples of bwana
More and more stretches the distance between the bwana and his headman.
"N'dio, bwana," assented the latter to a speech of which he understood not one word.
"I call him bwana m'kubwa (great master)," replied Simba blandly.
Well had he deserved his native name of Bwana Nyele--the master with the mane.
"We tell no lies, bwana" said one of the messengers earnestly.
- (in E Africa) a master, often used as a respectful form of address corresponding to sir
Word Origin for bwana
respectful or reverential form of address in East Africa, 1878, from Swahili.