noun, plural as·ka·ris, as·ka·ri.
a native African police officer or soldier, especially one serving a colonial administration.
Origin of askari
< Arabic ʿaskarī
soldier, equivalent to ʿaskar
army (< Persian lashkar;
) + -ī
suffix of appurtenance
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Examples from the Web for askaris
Historical Examples of askaris
Shouldn't we order out our askaris with their guns to make the parade?
His load was missing: evidently one of the askaris had taken it up.
He was prevented from replying by the approach of Simba at the head of eight of the askaris.
"Hope they don't wing one another," he remarked of the askaris' volley.
In the meantime Simba, with great enthusiasm, continued his drill of the askaris.
British Dictionary definitions for askaris
(in East Africa) a soldier or policeman
Word Origin for askari
C19: from Arabic: soldier
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