Definition of tupuna in English:

tupuna

noun

NZ
  • A grandparent or ancestor.

    ‘he recalls all those tupuna long gone yet still alive in the heart of every true Maori’
    • ‘I want to challenge Maori to challenge ourselves to be all that we can be, to refuse to accept the crime and poverty that infest our lives, and to lift ourselves to the status our tupuna dreamt of for us.’
    • ‘She came here from Auckland, almost as though her tupuna were pulling her strings.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Maori.

Pronunciation

tupuna

/ˈtʊpʊna//ˈtuːpʊna/