askari

[ as-kuh-ree ]
/ ˈæs kə ri /

noun, plural as·ka·ris, as·ka·ri.

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) + suffix of appurtenance
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askari

/ (asˈkaːri) /

noun

(in East Africa) a soldier or policeman

Word Origin for askari

C19: from Arabic: soldier
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