Definition of shikari in English:


Syllabification: shi·ka·ri
Pronunciation: /SHiˈkärē

noun (plural shikaris)

  • 1A hunter.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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'.

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