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askari

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

First recorded in 1805–10; from Swahili, from Arabic ʿaskarī “soldier,” equivalent to ʿaskar “army” (from Persian lashkar) + a suffix indicating relationship or origin); see origin at lascar
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British Dictionary definitions for askari

askari
/ (asˈkaːri) /

noun
(in East Africa) a soldier or policeman

Word Origin for askari

C19: from Arabic: soldier
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