Definition of kahuna in English:

kahuna

Line breaks: ka¦huna
Pronunciation: /kəˈhuːnə
 
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noun

  • 1(In Hawaii) a wise man or shaman.
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    • 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
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    • 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.

Origin

Hawaiian.

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