makulu, adjective

Forms:
makhuloo, makhuluShow more Also makhuloo, makhulu, mukulu.
Origin:
Fanakalo, Xhosa, ZuluShow more Fanakalo, from Xhosa and Zulu sentence makhulu they are big, plural subjectival concord ma- + adjectival stem -khulu big.
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1. Also with initial capital. In the special collocation makulubaas /-ˌbɑːs/ [see baas; probably first used in Fanakalo], ‘big boss’:
a. A male employer; a powerful official in an organization; (occasionally) any white male. Now usually ironical.
[1899 G.H. Russell Under Sjambok 195You will give this letter to the Baas mukulu (manager).]
1991 S.I. Abrahams Informant, Port ElizabethMakulu baas. The big boss or head of the firm or institution. eg. Did you know that ‘so-and-so’ is the new makulu baas of the factory?
b. As an ironical title for a government minister, especially a head of state; also used as a form of address. Also partial translation of makulu boss.
1982 Voice 21 Mar. 4Makhulubaas Influx Throttle is virtually telling Cape Town’s Black refugees..: don’t starve here, starve in the Sebes’ and Matanzimas’ paradises.
1991 P. Slabolepszy Braait Laaities. 8A French Dutchman who became Makulu Boss Prime Minister of South Africa.
2. Big; important; impressive; foremost.
1959 E. Mphahlele Down Second Ave 108Why-for you maker so much makulu troble-troble.
1991 G. Hofmeyr on TV1, 24 Apr. (Big Time)You must get Papademos — he’s the makhulu man.
A male employer; a powerful official in an organization; (occasionally) any white male. Now usually ironical.
As an ironical title for a government minister, especially a head of state; also used as a form of address.
Big; important; impressive; foremost.

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