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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Swahili bwana (master), from Arabic أَبُونَا(ʾabūnā, our father). Doublet of abbot.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bwana (plural bwanas)

  1. (slang) Big boss, important person.

Usage notesEdit

Not always used as a favorable term.

AnagramsEdit


ChichewaEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bwána class 1a (plural abwána class 2)

  1. boss, master

ItalianEdit

NounEdit

bwana m (invariable)

  1. bwana

SwahiliEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Arabic أَبُونَا(ʾabūnā, our father).

NounEdit

bwana (ma class, plural mabwana)

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

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