- a native African police officer or soldier, especially one serving a colonial administration.
Origin of askari
1885–90; < Swahili < Arabic ʿaskarī soldier, equivalent to ʿaskar army (< Persian lashkar; cf. lascar) + -ī suffix of appurtenance
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Examples from the Web for askari
The canoes were unloaded, and the stores and ammunition given to the Askari to carry.
For some hours he followed the path on which his uncle and he had been escorted by the Askari.
It was just at this point that they met a party of Askari marching in the other direction.
A few minutes later six Askari came from the thick wall of bush.
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
- (in East Africa) a soldier or policeman
C19: from Arabic: soldier
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