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induna

[in-doo-nuh]
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noun
  1. an official functionary of a king or chief in South African Bantu societies.
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Origin of induna

Borrowed into English from Zulu around 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for induna

Historical Examples

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for induna

induna

noun
  1. (in South Africa) a Black African overseer in a factory, mine, etc
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Word Origin

C20: from Zulu nduna an official
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