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bwana

[bwah-nuh] /ˈbwɑ nə/
noun
1.
(in Africa) master; boss.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < Swahili < Arabic abūnā our father
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bwana

/ˈbwɑːnə/
noun
1.
(in E Africa) a master, often used as a respectful form of address corresponding to sir
Word Origin
Swahili, from Arabic abūna our father
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Word Origin and History for bwana

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

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