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askari

[as-kuh-ree]
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noun, plural as·ka·ris, as·ka·ri.
  1. a native African police officer or soldier, especially one serving a colonial administration.
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Origin of askari

1885–90; < Swahili < Arabic ʿaskarī soldier, equivalent to ʿaskar army (< Persian lashkar; cf. lascar) + suffix of appurtenance
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Historical Examples

  • Shouldn't we order out our askaris with their guns to make the parade?

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • His load was missing: evidently one of the askaris had taken it up.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • He was prevented from replying by the approach of Simba at the head of eight of the askaris.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • "Hope they don't wing one another," he remarked of the askaris' volley.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • In the meantime Simba, with great enthusiasm, continued his drill of the askaris.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White


British Dictionary definitions for askaris

askari

noun
  1. (in East Africa) a soldier or policeman
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Word Origin

C19: from Arabic: soldier
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