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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Sibuya Game Reserve, near the popular tourist destination of Cape Town, is one of those open for safaris on the Eastern Cape. Lindsey Bever,, "Poachers were looking for rhinos. They found hungry lions instead, game reserve says," 6 July 2018 Kenyan Kids on Safari provides Kenya's youth with the opportunity to join tourists, medical volunteers and others on safari to experience the local fauna. Tonny Onyulo, USA TODAY, "'The savior to protecting these elephants is kids': How Kenya is defending future wildlife," 7 June 2018 For an extra charge, the Phoenician will also offer trapeze classes, a birds of the Phoenician tour and a golf cart safari. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Best Phoenix, Scottsdale summer hotel and resort deals for 2018," 15 May 2018 Drivers with their own race cars can store the vehicles in private garages and enjoy the perks of using any of the six rally course stages, supermoto track, half-mile paved karting road course, safari and obstacle courses. Amy Aumick,, "Explore Florida's Bradford County: A motorsports mecca in Starke," 7 May 2018 The couple met in 2012 when the bride was on a safari in Kruger Park in South Africa. New York Times, "Gabriella Gentil, Kyle Hickson," 6 May 2018 With a safari hunter’s zeal, Righeimer essentially killed the project by attempting to require from the applicant a refundable deposit of $625,000 to the city for an undefined parking structure to secure his vote. Jeffrey Harlan,, "Costa Mesa City Council majority got it wrong by denying Plant project," 10 July 2018 For 364 days a year, safari guests aren’t allowed to roam free. Rachel Levin, WSJ, "The Toughest Half-Marathon You’ll Want to Plan a Trip Around," 3 July 2018 The beauty of Kenya’s capital lies in its unpredictable pace and compelling contrasts, which are often missed in favor of touristy safari game trips. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Kenyan Cool Girl’s Guide to Nairobi," 2 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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