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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First lady Melania Trump was criticized for wearing a pith helmet, a symbol of colonial rule, while on safari in Kenya during her Africa trip in October. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "U.S. to Africa: Pick Either US or China and Russia, Not Both," 13 Dec. 2018 Some tourists in Crimea were in a gold cart, going through a safari park when this happened. Fox News, "Kavanaugh grilled on cases during confirmation hearing," 6 Sep. 2018 The sleek lines of Qorokwe Camp, our next stop in the Delta, provide a modern contrast to the more classic safari aesthetic of DumaTau. Virginia Van Zanten, Vogue, "Why Botswana Should Top Your Travel List in 2019," 27 Dec. 2018 El Capitan Canyon, outside Santa Barbara, rents beachside cedar cabins and safari tents (from $170) and has beach cruisers to borrow, the occasional yoga class, and nearby surfing, sea kayaking, and hiking. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "North America's Five Best Road Trips," 9 May 2018 There’s more to Ben Hollis than a pith helmet and safari shorts. Myrna Petlicki,, "Ex-'Wild Chicago' host to tell his story at Skokie Theatre," 7 May 2018 Trousers were pleated with a jodhpur curve at the thigh and secured with elastic at the ankle, while safari shorts were cross-fertilized with ribbed knit leggings. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Thrown for a Loop at Dries Van Noten and Chloé," 1 Mar. 2018 Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images In the fall of 1997, the young Prince Harry — then 13 years old — went on a safari trip with a friend and nanny to Botswana. Raisa Bruner, Time, "The Definitive History of the Royal Family and the Spice Girls," 28 Feb. 2018 The estate is truly the perfect place to relax before or after a safari. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016

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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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