sa·​fa·​ri | \sə-ˈfär-ē, -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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Last year, Harry scored major boyfriend points by whisking Meghan off on an African safari to celebrate, but this year Meghan and Harry are thought to have other plans ready for her 37th birthday. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Birthday Holds a Special Meaning for the Queen Already," 1 Aug. 2018 For her birthday last year, Meghan celebrated on an African safari with Prince Harry. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Birthday Is Significant To The Queen for a Bittersweet Reason," 31 July 2018 Rosewood Luang Prabang: The latest luxury hotel to open in Luang Prabang takes advantage of the area's lush jungles with a series of suites housed in stilted safari-like tents that overlook an expanse of dark-green treetops. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018 But there is a tipping point where experiences become too unique and therefore unrelatable: take a safari in South Africa, for example. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why we hate hearing about other people’s vacations," 18 Oct. 2018 Creative Director Massimiliano Giornetti revived the iconic piece at the brand's spring 2011 show, teaming it with maxidresses and safari-chic jackets. Veronique Hyland, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tie One On With Ferragamo's New Headscarves," 18 Jan. 2011 Students can go on their own safaris in Africa and explore basically any country or city in the world with these devices. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Google is adding ARCore support to the Chromebook Tab 10 with Classroom updates," 7 Aug. 2018 The safari-style glamping situation offers in-tent bathrooms, showers, king-size beds, and solar power all within view of Lincoln’s stony face. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "5 New Glamping Destinations for People Who Love Nature but Hate Discomfort," 22 Feb. 2018 Sibuya Game Reserve, near the popular tourist destination of Cape Town, is one of those open for safaris on the Eastern Cape. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "Suspected poachers were looking for rhinos. They found hungry lions instead, game reserve owner says.," 5 July 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 \

Kids Definition of safari

: a trip to see or hunt animals especially in Africa

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