Definition of askari in English:
noun (plural same or askaris)
(In East Africa) a soldier or police officer.
- 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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