Definition of Alafin in English:

Alafin

(also Aláàfin, Ala'afin, Alaafin)

noun

  • The political leader (formerly the king) of the Yoruba people of Oyo state in south-western Nigeria.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Church Missionary Intelligencer. From Yoruba Aláàfin owner of the palace from alá-, variant of oni-, prefix forming nouns with the sense ‘possessor’ + ààfin palace, court.

Pronunciation

Alafin

/ˈaləbfɪn//ˈaləfɪn/