kahuna

noun

ka·​hu·​na kə-ˈhü-nə How to pronounce kahuna (audio)
1
: a preeminent person or thing : big gun
the industry's big kahuna, with … 57 percent of the marketA. E. Serwer
2
: a Hawaiian shaman

Examples of kahuna in a Sentence

a big kahuna at a Hollywood talent agency, he's got the fancy car to prove it
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Word History

Etymology

Hawaiian

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of kahuna was in 1875

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“Kahuna.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kahuna. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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