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
Recent Examples on the Web Similar to an African safari, visitors stayed in their vehicles as the animals — horses, donkeys, goats, alpacas, dogs, snakes, blue-tongued skinks and parrots — were paraded by. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Critter drive-ins, pet pen pals, Zoom and window watching combat COVID blues," 11 Nov. 2020 Lockdown has pushed many activities to be recast in virtual terms, including the African safari. Alexandra Wexler, WSJ, "Virtual Safaris: A New Way to Check Off a Bucket-List Trip," 11 Nov. 2020 Your plans for a Tanzanian safari have been postponed for a year (or two or three). Spike Carlsen, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Surprising Facts That Will Make Your Walk Around the Block More Interesting," 10 Nov. 2020 Point Reyes National Seashore and its creatures do not supply the wow factor of an African safari with a constant parade of majestic elephants, giraffes, zebras and big cats hunting their prey. Diane Haithman, Los Angeles Times, "This California photo safari yields bobcats, oysters and viewing tips," 31 Oct. 2020 The honeymoon is tentatively set to be a South African safari., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 15 Oct. 2020 This was just one highlight of my ATV safari at Lakeland-area Safari Wilderness. Patrick Connolly,, "Lakeland ATV safari yields encounters with antelope, zebras, lemurs," 8 Sep. 2020 But on a recent safari for Namibian plains game, my professional hunter didn’t wait even 30 seconds after my shot. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, "Should Your Really Wait 30 Minutes Before Blood Trailing a Deer? Not Always," 14 Aug. 2020 Hemingway divided his nonfiction account of his African safari, which took place in the winter of 1933-34, not long after the setting of this story, into four sections. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "Ernest Hemingway’s Grandson on an Unpublished Story from the Author’s Archive," 1 June 2020

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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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The first known use of safari was in 1859

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“Safari.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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