Definition of Babalawo in English:

Babalawo

Pronunciation /babəˈlɑːwəʊ/

noun

  • Originally in West Africa: a traditional healer in the Ifa system of divination.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From Yoruba babaláwo from bàbá father + -l- (elided form of -ni- in) + awo cult, secret.