Definition of kahuna
1 : a preeminent person or thing : big gun the industry's big kahuna, with … 57 percent of the market — A. 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
Recent Examples of kahuna from the Web
As the story goes, the Lanai kahuna burned everything to keep his fire alight.
This is what my gut tells me, and Macworld’s Chris Breen thinks so, too: Apple isn’t going to let the nano steal the spotlight from its precious big-kahuna iPod that got all of this started.
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Origin and Etymology of kahuna
First Known Use: 1875See Words from the same year
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