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askari

[as-kuh-ree] /ˈæs kə ri/
noun, plural askaris, askari.
1.
a native African police officer or soldier, especially one serving a colonial administration.
Origin of askari
1885-1890
1885-90; < Swahili < Arabic ʿaskarī soldier, equivalent to ʿaskar army (< Persian lashkar; cf. lascar) + suffix of appurtenance
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  • The canoes were unloaded, and the stores and ammunition given to the askari to carry.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • For some hours he followed the path on which his uncle and he had been escorted by the askari.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • It was just at this point that they met a party of askari marching in the other direction.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • A few minutes later six askari came from the thick wall of bush.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • In the darkness that still lingered the other side of the camp an askari challenged sharply some lurking wanderer.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • "Watcha kalele, Saa-sita," I told the askari; at once he lifted up his voice to repeat my words.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • Therefore Sir Henry and the askari proceeded to arm themselves in like fashion.

    Allan Quatermain H. Rider Haggard
  • The second askari, his rifle lowered, was staring in vague surmise at his breast, from which protruded a piece of polished wood.

    Sacrifice

    Stephen French Whitman
  • But Elbel was ready: he jumped nimbly backwards, while half a dozen askari rushed between them, and pinioned Jack's arms.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • But the askari roughly replied that they had orders to continue their journey without delay, and the march was resumed.

    Samba Herbert Strang
British Dictionary definitions for askari

askari

/asˈkaːri/
noun
1.
(in East Africa) a soldier or policeman
Word Origin
C19: from Arabic: soldier
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