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safari

[suh-fahr-ee] /səˈfɑr i/
noun, plural safaris.
1.
a journey or expedition, for hunting, exploration, or investigation, especially in eastern Africa.
2.
the hunters, guides, vehicles, equipment, etc., forming such an expedition.
3.
any long or adventurous journey or expedition.
verb (used without object), safaried, safariing.
4.
to go on a safari.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < Swahili < Arabic safar journey
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British Dictionary definitions for safari

safari

/səˈfɑːrɪ/
noun (pl) -ris
1.
an overland journey or hunting expedition, esp in Africa
2.
any recreational journey or expedition
3.
the people, animals, etc, that go on the expedition
Word Origin
C19: from Swahili: journey, from Arabic safarīya, from safara to travel
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Word Origin and History for safari
n.

1890 (attested from 1860 as a foreign word), from Swahili, literally "journey, expedition," from Arabic, literally "referring to a journey," from safar "journey" (which itself is attested in English as a foreign word from 1858). Used from 1920s of various articles of clothing suitable for safaris.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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safari in Technology


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Sammet 1969, p.685.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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