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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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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According to Hello! magazine, when Meghan turned 36, Harry whisked her away to Africa for a safari. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's 38th Birthday Plans Are Seriously Low-Key," 3 Aug. 2019 The goal is to raise $350,000 on the safari that travels through the theme park’s Savannah and culminates with a view of the lions. Gabrielle Russon,, "Disney World donates $2 to protect lions, if you ride Animal Kingdom safari," 16 July 2019 Be a chemical engineer, a poet, a safari guide, an artist, a nurse, a pastry chef, a politician, a teacher, or maybe all of the above. Steve Smith,, "Rockville Grads Urged To Reshape The Future," 14 June 2019 In addition to the service component, the trip included a tour of the historic town of Livingstone, a safari and a visit to Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Sam Boyer,, "College Corner, Medina County," 30 Aug. 2019 The expansive four-peaked tent is a cross between rustic circus and chic safari., "Take a luxury camping trip to the Great Smoky Mountains," 9 July 2019 Excursions will also be sprinkled in like a walk on the Silk Road, an African evening safari, and glacier walking in Chile. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "This Airbnb Adventure Takes You to 18 Different Countries in 80 Days," 18 June 2019 Explore the wonders of the Masai Mara on a three-night trip and safari. USA TODAY, "Deal watch: Three nights in Kenya for $1,420," 27 Feb. 2018 Newsletter Sign-up The attack struck at the heart of a country whose tourism sector, known for breathtaking safaris and white sandy beaches stretching for miles, had finally recovered from the Westgate attack. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Questions Mount as Kenyan Hotel Siege Ends," 16 Jan. 2019

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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