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[sak-ee, sah-kee]
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  1. any of several monkeys of the genus Pithecia, of tropical South America, having a golden-brown to black, thick, shaggy coat and a long, bushy, nonprehensile tail.

Origin of saki1

1765–75; < French < Tupi sagui


  1. sake2.


  1. pen name of H(ector) H(ugh) Munro.


or sa·ké, sa·ki

  1. a Japanese fermented, mildly alcoholic beverage made from rice.

Origin of sake2

1680–90; < Japanese sake(y), earlier *sakai


[muh n-roh]
  1. Alice (Laid·law) [leyd-law] /ˈleɪdˌlɔ/, born 1931, Canadian short-story writer.
  2. H(ector) H(ugh)Saki, 1870–1916, Scottish novelist and short-story writer, born in Burma.
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Examples from the Web for saki

Historical Examples

  • For there is no Saki to do it, either here or with the houris.

    Edward FitzGerald and "Posh"

    James Blyth

  • Saki (rice spirit) and the ever-present tea were then served round.

  • The health of our landlord was proposed in Japanese, and drunk in saki.

  • The serpent arrived, drank the saki, got intoxicated, and fell asleep.

    Mythical Monsters

    Charles Gould

  • We were blocking trade for the saki house, but they didn't kick.

    A Yankee in the Far East

    George Hoyt Allen

British Dictionary definitions for saki


  1. any of several small mostly arboreal New World monkeys of the genera Pithecia and Chiropotes, having long hair and a long bushy tail
  2. another name for sake 2

Word Origin

sense 1: C20: French, from Tupi saqi


  1. pen name of (Hector Hugh) Munro


noun plural Munros
  1. mountaineering any separate mountain peak over 3000 feet high: originally used of Scotland only but now sometimes extended to other parts of the British Isles

Word Origin

C20: named after Hugh Thomas Munro (1856–1919), who published a list of these in 1891


  1. Alice, original name Alice Laidlaw. born 1931, Canadian short-story writer; her books include Lives of Girls and Women (1971), The Moons of Jupiter (1982), and The Love of a Good Woman (1999); winner of the Booker international prize (2009) for a lifetime body of work
  2. H (ector) H (ugh), pen name Saki. 1870–1916, Scottish author, born in Burma (now Myanmar), noted for his collections of satirical short stories, such as Reginald (1904) and Beasts and Superbeasts (1914)


  1. benefit or interest (esp in the phrase for (someone's or one's own) sake)
  2. the purpose of obtaining or achieving (esp in the phrase for the sake of (something))
  3. used in various exclamations of impatience, urgency, etcfor heaven's sake; for pete's sake

Word Origin

C13 (in the phrase for the sake of, probably from legal usage): from Old English sacu lawsuit (hence, a cause); related to Old Norse sok, German Sache matter


sak or saki

  1. a Japanese alcoholic drink made from fermented rice

Word Origin

C17: from Japanese
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Word Origin and History for saki


see sake (n.2).



"purpose," Old English sacu "a cause at law, crime, dispute, guilt," from Proto-Germanic *sako "affair, thing, charge, accusation" (cf. Old Norse sök "charge, lawsuit, effect, cause," Old Frisian seke "strife, dispute, matter, thing," Dutch zaak "lawsuit, cause, sake, thing," German sache "thing, matter, affair, cause"), from PIE root *sag- "to investigate, seek out" (cf. Old English secan, Gothic sokjan "to seek;" see seek).

Much of the word's original meaning has been taken over by case (n.1), cause (n.), and it survives largely in phrases for the sake of (early 13c.) and for _______'s sake (c.1300, originally for God's sake), both probably are from Norse, as these forms have not been found in Old English.



"Japanese rice liquor," 1680s, from Japanese sake, literally "alcohol."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with saki


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