bwana

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Swahili bwana (master), from Arabic أَبُونَا (ʾabūnā, our father).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bwana (plural bwanas)

  1. (slang) Big boss, important person.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Not always used as a favorable term.

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Chichewa[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Swahili bwana (master), from Arabic أَبُونَا (ʾabūnā, our father).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bwána class 1a (plural abwána class 2)

  1. boss, master

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

bwana m (invariable)

  1. bwana

Swahili[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic أَبُونَا (ʾabūnā, our father).

Noun[edit]

bwana (ma class, plural mabwana)

  1. master, lord
  2. mister, Mr.
  3. boss

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