bwana

[ bwah-nuh ]
/ ˈbwɑ nə /
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noun

(in Africa) master; boss.

Nearby words

  1. bva,
  2. bvds,
  3. bvm,
  4. bvt.,
  5. bw,
  6. bwc,
  7. bwd,
  8. bwg,
  9. bwoc,
  10. bwr

Origin of bwana

1875–80; < Swahili < Arabic abūnā our father
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British Dictionary definitions for bwana

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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Word Origin and History for bwana

bwana


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

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