bwana

bwana

[bwah-nuh]
noun
(in Africa) master; boss.

Origin:
1875–80; < Swahili < Arabic abūnā our father

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bwana (ˈbwɑːnə)
 
n
(in E Africa) a master, often used as a respectful form of address corresponding to sir
 
[Swahili, from Arabic abūna our father]

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