Historical master; sir: respectful term of address used in parts of Africa
Origin of bwanaSwahili ; from Arabic ab?na, our father ; from ab?, father
Used as a form of respectful address in parts of Africa.
Origin of bwanaSwahili, from Arabic ’ab&umacron;na, our father : ’ab&umacron;, bound form of ’ab, father; see ℵb in Semitic roots + -na, our.
From Swahili bwana (“master”).