from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Used as a form of respectful address in parts of Africa.

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  • n. Big boss, important person. Not always used as a favorable term.


Swahili, from Arabic 'abūnā, our father : 'abū, bound form of 'ab, father; see אb in Semitic roots + -nā, our.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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