shi·​ka·​ri shi-ˈkär-ē How to pronounce shikari (audio)
-ˈka-rē How to pronounce shikari (audio)
: a big game hunter
especially : a professional hunter or guide

Word History


Hindi & Urdu shikārī, from Persian, from shikār hunt

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shikari was in 1827

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Cite this Entry

“Shikari.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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