Definition of kahuna in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈho͞onə/


1(In Hawaii) a wise man or shaman.
Example sentences
  • Indeed, a self-appointed kahuna, described a kahuna as a spiritual teacher who acts as a bridge between the spiritual and the material world and is also an expert in his field.
  • As a kahuna, she decided to prepare a multitude of students to share lomi lomi with the world.
  • And King Kalakaua was sent here by his kahuna in 1874 to purge himself before ascending the throne.
1.1North American informal An important person; the person in charge: one big kahuna runs the whole show
More example sentences
  • For some reason, some of the big kahunas are distancing themselves from it…
  • They put it in this little teeny guy down there and missed the big kahuna,’ the big LAD down the center.
  • We're going to be looking at the top banana, the big kahuna, the cream of the crop.
1.2North American informal (In surfing) a very large wave.



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Syllabification: ka·hu·na

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