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askari Syllabification: as·ka·ri
Pronunciation: /əˈskärē/

Definition of askari in English:

noun (plural same or askaris)

(In East Africa) a soldier or police officer.
Example sentences
  • They should instead take comfort in the fact that African askaris and Indian sepoys fought as mercenaries in the armies of the British Empire.
  • ‘They don't like butterfly farmers-we are like askaris to them,’ says Kiti, using the Swahili word for soldiers or guards.
  • They were local askaris who thought we were rebels from the north.


Late 19th century: from Arabic 'askarī 'soldier'.

Words that rhyme with askari

Bari, Cagliari, calamari, Campari, charivari, curare, Ferrari, Harare, Kalahari, Mari, Mata Hari, Qatari, Rastafari, safari, sari, Scutari, shikari, sparry, starry, Stradivari, tamari, terramare, Vasari, Zanzibari
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