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askari

[as-kuh-ree] /ˈæs kə ri/
noun, plural askaris, askari.
1.
a native African police officer or soldier, especially one serving a colonial administration.
Origin of askari
1885-1890
1885-90; < Swahili < Arabic ʿaskarī soldier, equivalent to ʿaskar army (< Persian lashkar; cf. lascar) + suffix of appurtenance
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  • An hour or two ago he was a fugitive, practically unarmed, with nearly a score of askari hunting him down.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • It was just at this point that they met a party of askari marching in the other direction.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • But Elbel was ready: he jumped nimbly backwards, while half a dozen askari rushed between them, and pinioned Jack's arms.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • For some hours he followed the path on which his uncle and he had been escorted by the askari.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • It seemed absolutely endless, and once or twice I feared that two of the askari would have died of the wet, cold, and exposure.

    Allan Quatermain H. Rider Haggard
  • Therefore Sir Henry and the askari proceeded to arm themselves in like fashion.

    Allan Quatermain H. Rider Haggard
  • But, as Samba reminded him, he had still to deal with the ten askari who had been sent back to fetch the second canoe.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • "Watcha kalele, Saa-sita," I told the askari; at once he lifted up his voice to repeat my words.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • The canoes were unloaded, and the stores and ammunition given to the askari to carry.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • But as he stood behind his uncle's litter, two askari with loaded rifles placed themselves one on each side of him.

    Samba Herbert Strang
British Dictionary definitions for askari

askari

/asˈkaːri/
noun
1.
(in East Africa) a soldier or policeman
Word Origin
C19: from Arabic: soldier
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