askari

askari

[as-kuh-ree]
noun, plural askaris, askari.
a native African police officer or soldier, especially one serving a colonial administration.

Origin:
1885–90; < Swahili < Arabic ʿaskarī soldier, equivalent to ʿaskar army (< Persian lashkar; cf. lascar) + suffix of appurtenance

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askari (asˈkaːri)
 
n
(in East Africa) a soldier or policeman
 
[C19: from Arabic: soldier]

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