kiwanian

Kiwanis

[ki-wah-nis]
noun
an organization founded in 1915 for the promulgation of higher ideals in business, industrial, and professional life.

Origin:
allegedly < American Indian: to make oneself known

Kiwanian, noun
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Kiwanis (kɪˈwɑːnɪs)
 
n
a North American organization of men's clubs founded in 1915 to promote community service
 
[C20: alleged to be from an American Indian language: to make oneself known]
 
Ki'wanian
 
n

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Kiwanis
businessmen's and professionals' society, formed in Detroit, 1915, the name is of obscure meaning.
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