Definition of askari in English:


Syllabification: as·ka·ri
Pronunciation: /əˈskärē

noun (plural same or askaris)

(In East Africa) a soldier or police officer.
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  • 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'.

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