- an official functionary of a king or chief in South African Bantu societies.
Origin of induna
Borrowed into English from Zulu around 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for induna
But this happens to be the Induna—the one train of the whole line.The Day's Work, Volume 1
Ncwelo, though a chief of some influence, was not an induna.
But I, remembering my dignity as an induna of the King, still stood.
Is not all I have at the disposal of the second induna of the King?
He had gained over to his cause Nongalaza, an induna of importance.
- (in South Africa) a Black African overseer in a factory, mine, etc
C20: from Zulu nduna an official
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