[ suh-fahr-ee ]
/ səˈfɑr i /

noun, plural sa·fa·ris.

a journey or expedition, for hunting, exploration, or investigation, especially in eastern Africa.
the hunters, guides, vehicles, equipment, etc., forming such an expedition.
any long or adventurous journey or expedition.

verb (used without object), sa·fa·ried, sa·fa·ri·ing.

to go on a safari.


Nearby words

  1. saemisch's operation,
  2. saemisch's section,
  3. saenger's sign,
  4. safa and marwa,
  5. safar,
  6. safari jacket,
  7. safari park,
  8. safari shirt,
  9. safari suit,
  10. safavid

Origin of safari

1885–90; < Swahili < Arabic safar journey Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for safari


/ (səˈfɑːrɪ) /

noun plural -ris

an overland journey or hunting expedition, esp in Africa
any recreational journey or expedition
the people, animals, etc, that go on the expedition

Word Origin for safari

C19: from Swahili: journey, from Arabic safarīya, from safara to travel

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Word Origin and History for safari



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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