as·​ka·​ri | \ ˈaskərē; əˈskärē, aˈs- \
plural askaris or askari

Definition of askari

1 : a native soldier especially of eastern Africa in the service of a European power
2 : a native police officer or guard of eastern Africa

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First Known Use of askari

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for askari

Arabic ʽaskarī

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“Askari.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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