bwa·​na ˈbwä-nə How to pronounce bwana (audio)

Word History


Swahili, from Arabic abūna our father

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bwana was in 1874

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Cite this Entry

“Bwana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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