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induna

[in-doo-nuh] /ɪnˈdu nə/
noun
1.
an official functionary of a king or chief in South African Bantu societies.
Origin of induna
1870-1875
1870-75; < Zulu
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  • "It looks as though we had work ahead," Tuys said to me in Dutch, after the induna had related these events.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
  • But this happens to be the induna—the one train of the whole line.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • The induna and his impi had left Rietvlei during the night and started back toward Lebombo.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
  • Ncwelo, though a chief of some influence, was not an induna.

    The White Shield Bertram Mitford
  • The induna Kabane, at the magistrate's office at Newcastle, knows of the money, and from whence it came.

  • But I, remembering my dignity as an induna of the King, still stood.

    The White Shield Bertram Mitford
  • Our warriors now swung forward at a run, the ranks steadied and kept in line by the warning word of an induna, or a sub-captain.

    The Induna's Wife Bertram Mitford
  • Is not all I have at the disposal of the second induna of the King?

    The Induna's Wife Bertram Mitford
  • Bending down the induna drew forth from some place of concealment a bag made of raw hide.

    Forging the Blades 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

/ɪnˈduːnə/
noun
1.
(in South Africa) a Black African overseer in a factory, mine, etc
Word Origin
C20: from Zulu nduna an official
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