Historical master; sir: term of address used in South Africa for a white man
Origin of baasAfrikaans from Du, master, foreman, boss
nounpl. baas·es, or baas·e South African & Offensive
- A white person in a position of authority in relation to nonwhites, as an employer or owner of a business.
- Used as a form of address for such a person.
Origin of baasAfrikaans from Dutch master ; see boss 1.
From Dutch baas.
- plural form of baa
- third-person singular simple present indicative form of baa
OriginSee also: bas