Definition of shikari in English:

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Pronunciation: /SHəˈkärē/

noun (plural shikaris)

1A hunter.
Example sentences
  • A snatch of conversation at dinner, referring to a prominent local politician: ‘My friend, who's a famous shikari, says that he is bison gone wrong.’
  • Until scientific evidence became available, the most famous tales centred invariably around man-eaters, narrated by the shikari or hunter-turned-conservationist.
  • Initially, the writer doesn't accept the shikari's argument but as he discovers Choudhury's deep understanding and affection for the huge animals, he is won over to his view.
1.1A guide on hunting expeditions.
Example sentences
  • She has played the part of a professional shikari, an ecologist, a botanist and as a tourism development manager.
  • The famous shikari used to say that big cats did not become man-eaters unless they were forced into it, usually by injuries which prevented them from hunting their usual prey.
2 (also shikara) (In Kashmir) a light, flat-bottomed boat.
Example sentences
  • Ways of life, in Kashmir, like the shikaras that cut slow swathes through the lake water, are gracious and elegant.
  • You can enjoy beautiful rides on shikara.
  • Most houseboats are situated on the banks of the lake, and can be accessed directly from land without the help of a shikara.


Via Urdu from Persian šikārī 'of hunting'.

Words that rhyme with shikari

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

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Syllabification: shi·ka·ri

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