Definitions

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  • n. A South African tribal councillor or headman (under the king); someone in authority, a boss.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An officer under the chief, among the Zulus and other South African tribes.

Etymologies

From Zulu induna. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He said "induna" referred to a person vested with traditional authority over a tribal area in the kingdom of KwaZulu/Natal and there were no indunas in the PWV.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Mchunu is an "induna", a supervisor appointed by his local chief in Zululand to be in charge of everyone in the hostel from his home area.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Lobengula left the encampment to regroup his "induna" warriors in 1881 as colonial forces advanced toward it.

    WSFA - Around Alabama

  • Zimbabwe, saying he did not think it was this country's right to act as a "big induna" issuing instructions.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • James Stevenson-Hamilton wrote that he heard a "vivid account" of one Swazi raid from "an old induna of the ba-Hlangane" named Kumane-ka-Mure, who appears to be the "Kumana" of Caissene's story.

    Where Women Make History: Gendered Tellings of Community and Change in Magude, Mozambique

  • Manias translated and the induna then spoke to Manias quietly for a long time, gesticulating weakly as the women interjected here and there, trying to restrain themselves.

    The Elephant's Secret Sense

  • Manias explained, The induna would like us to see the damaged field right now.

    The Elephant's Secret Sense

  • After a long silence, the induna collected himself enough to look up at Manias and point to the bench.

    The Elephant's Secret Sense

  • The induna weakly shook his hand, clapped, and then rebundled his blanket.

    The Elephant's Secret Sense

  • Matthew planned to introduce me to the induna, or mayor, and a few of the game guards in the Choyi area.

    The Elephant's Secret Sense

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