sa·​fa·​ri | \ sə-ˈfär-ē How to pronounce safari (audio) , -ˈfa-rē\

Definition of safari

1 : the caravan and equipment of a hunting expedition especially in eastern Africa also : such a hunting expedition
2 : journey, expedition an arctic safari

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Other Words from safari

safari intransitive verb

Examples of safari in a Sentence

He went on a safari in Africa last year. a group of hunters on safari

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Among the 16 contestants vying for a $500,000 prize while living together under around-the-clock surveillance are a therapist, a petroleum engineer, a Broadway performer, and a wine safari guide. Ew Staff,, "What to Watch on Tuesday: Big Brother turns 21, plus Meghan Trainor on Songland," 25 June 2019 Enjoy three days on safari here, looking for big cats, giraffes, oryx, rare black-faced impalas, and endemic birds like the bare-cheeked babbler. National Geographic, "Namibia High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 Set out on safari in the Okavango Delta with a National Geographic wildlife conservationist to seek out big cats, giraffes, African wild dogs, and much more. National Geographic, "Botswana & Victoria Falls High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 The announcement promises settings like a safari, jungle, ocean and outer space, plus a chance to shop. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Puerto Rican People's Parade and Vampire Weekend — here are 5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 13 June 2019 From $132 Asheville Glamping Asheville Glamping, which opened in 2012 about 20 minutes from downtown, has vintage trailers, domes, safari tents, and, new this spring, treehouses, all open from March through November. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "10 Amazing Glamping Spots in North America," 6 June 2019 An early morning stroll at sunrise may lead to a surprise – a lumbering 150-year-old Galápagos tortoise searching for breakfast just outside your safari tent! Allie Almario, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to the Galápagos Islands," 5 Oct. 2016 Trek the dunes of Namibia, photo-safari in the wildlife-rich wetlands of Botswana, or watch the migrations of wildebeests, giraffes, and rhinos across Kenya. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "6 Luxury Pre-Planned Trips You Need to Book Immediately," 15 Mar. 2019 Mostly American tourists enjoy safari drives punctuated by sundowner cocktails, breakfasts on the veranda, plunge pools and bathrooms larger than a small apartment. Helena Pozniak, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology That Will Finally Stop Poachers," 26 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of safari

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for safari

Swahili, journey, from Arabic safarī of a journey

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English Language Learners Definition of safari

: a journey to see or hunt animals especially in Africa


sa·​fa·​ri | \ sə-ˈfär-ē How to pronounce safari (audio) \

Kids Definition of safari

: a trip to see or hunt animals especially in Africa

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