ka·​hu·​na | \ kə-ˈhü-nə How to pronounce kahuna (audio) \

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

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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 on the Web But the big kahuna is still to come, as the company finally confirmed that the Supra is officially getting a manual transmission. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 15 Apr. 2022 The big kahuna of their SoCal tour-within-a-tour this week is Wednesday night’s show at Crypto.com Arena, a venue that’s seven miles and about 43 years from the Masque, where the earliest incarnation of the group started out as a punk group. Chris Willman, Variety, 30 Mar. 2022 And the big kahuna of them all, the Oscars, are just around the corner. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 22 Dec. 2021 While there are other area codes that service Houston, 713 will always be the big kahuna around these parts. Sonia Ramirez, Chron, 12 July 2021 But the universal charitable deduction is probably the big kahuna among the tax policy issues. Tax Notes Staff, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Amazon’s speed of delivery can feel like magic sometimes, but the severe Texas freeze has kept even the big kahuna of disruptors from operating in some of its biggest markets. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, 18 Feb. 2021 But the big kahuna is $436 billion for state, local, territorial and tribal governments. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of kahuna

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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24 Apr 2022

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“Kahuna.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kahuna. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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