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[kuh-hoo-nuh] /kəˈhu nə/
(in Hawaii) a native medicine man or priest.
Origin of kahuna
1885-90; < Hawaiian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Every important skill was under the direction of kahuna.
  • We are instinctively wired to want a big kahuna around.
Word Origin and History for kahuna

1886, in a report in English by the Hawaiian government, which defines the word as "doctor and sorcerer," from Hawaiian, where it was applied as well to priests and navigators. In surfer slang, for "a god of surfing," it is attested from 1962 (but big kahuna in same sense is said to date from 1950s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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kahuna in Technology

/k*-hoo'n*/ (From the Hawaiian title for a shaman) An IBM synonym for wizard or guru.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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