letona, noun

Origin:
Sotho
A headman, councillor, or officer under a Sotho chief. Cf. induna sense 1 a.
1953 P. Lanham Blanket Boy’s Moon 18Monare’s behaviour won him the confidence of his Chief, who at length appointed him to be his second Headman or letona.
1968 A. Fulton Dark Side of Mercy 27The Letona, the Chief’s headman..instructed them.
c1976 H. Flather Thaba Rau 224They run around the village at night screaming and banging tins, making the most dreadful noises. They would do harm even to my father, the Letona.
A headman, councillor, or officer under a Sotho chief.
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