follow Dictionary.com

Denotation vs. Connotation

bwana

[bwah-nuh] /ˈbwɑ nə/
noun
1.
(in Africa) master; boss.
Origin of bwana
1875-1880
1875-80; < Swahili < Arabic abūnā our father
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for bwana
Historical Examples
  • "N'dio, bwana," assented the latter to a speech of which he understood not one word.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • More and more stretches the distance between the bwana and his headman.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • "Our bwana has fallen asleep," he uttered in a voice that would have been inaudible to white men.

    Sacrifice Stephen French Whitman
  • "We tell no lies, bwana" said one of the messengers earnestly.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • To him bwana Nyele raised a face so ghastly that even the half-savage porter was startled.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • You must get hold of bwana Nyele, and you must tie him fast also, and keep him from his safari.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • To their faces he called them bwana, but in his heart he considered them not.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • Well had he deserved his native name of bwana Nyele--the master with the mane.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Then after two weeks we send two men to tell the bwana where we are.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • When he looked at it, and then at our bwana, I read everything in his mind.

    Sacrifice Stephen French Whitman
British Dictionary definitions for bwana

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for bwana

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for bwana

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for bwana

10
12
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for bwana