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safari

[suh-fahr-ee]
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noun, plural sa·fa·ris.
  1. a journey or expedition, for hunting, exploration, or investigation, especially in eastern Africa.
  2. the hunters, guides, vehicles, equipment, etc., forming such an expedition.
  3. any long or adventurous journey or expedition.
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verb (used without object), sa·fa·ried, sa·fa·ri·ing.
  1. to go on a safari.
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Origin of safari

1885–90; < Swahili < Arabic safar journey
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  • They sat or lay inert, watching the safari pass, their eyes apathetic.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Kingozi gave his attention to the members of the other safari.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • All of Kingozi's safari had arrived except Cazi Moto and five men.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Mali-ya-bwana and, unexpectedly, a big Kavirondo of Kingozi's safari, volunteered.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • He and I were the only people of all the safari who had khaki coats.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White


British Dictionary definitions for safari

safari

noun plural -ris
  1. an overland journey or hunting expedition, esp in Africa
  2. any recreational journey or expedition
  3. the people, animals, etc, that go on the expedition
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Word Origin

C19: from Swahili: journey, from Arabic safarīya, from safara to travel
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Word Origin and History for safari

n.

1890 (attested from 1860 as a foreign word), from Swahili, literally "journey, expedition," from Arabic, literally "referring to a journey," from safar "journey" (which itself is attested in English as a foreign word from 1858). Used from 1920s of various articles of clothing suitable for safaris.

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