Definition of nakhoda in US English:

nakhoda

(also nakhuda)

noun

  • The captain or master of a local boat in Indo-Malayan or Arabian waters.

Origin

Early 17th century. From Persian nāḵudā master, captain of a ship from nāw boat, ship + ḵudā master; partly via Urdu nāḵudā, Malay nakhoda, and Arabic nāḵūḏa.