Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An overland expedition, especially one for hunting or exploring in eastern Africa.
  • n. A journey or trip: a sightseeing safari.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A trip into any undeveloped area to see, photograph or hunt wild animals in their own environment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A caravan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an overland journey by hunters (especially in Africa)

Etymologies

Arabic safarīya, safari, journey, from safar, journey; see špr in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Swahili safari, from Arabic سفر (safara, "travel"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For some unknown reason, I get a major energy boost and continue on my word safari going nowhere.

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  • He apologised for the delays etc and wished us a happy safari (safari is Swahili for 'journey') and then we were on our way to the bus station.

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  • The second is Richard Francis Burton, "the secret agent and explorer who introduced the word 'safari' to the English language," the translator into English of the "Kama Sutra" and "The Arabian Nights," whose "myth as a man rested not just on his carefully objective work but also on his personal appeal as a libertine, experimenter, and worldly figure who not only had knowledge but had lived it."

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  • "The audience will take what we call a safari, which in Swahili means a journey, to that area."

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  • By the end of Queen Victoria’s reign, the word safari had begun to evoke in the minds of her subjects engravings of storied hunting grounds along the Cape of Good Hope; watercolors presenting the curious spectacle of a Masai warrior posing stiffly beside an acacia in his regional “costume”; pen-and-ink depictions of jungle lilies previously unknown to European botanists; or drawings of big cats paying surprise visits to men making camp for the night.

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  • I can run 100 tabs for days and days in OSX and NEVER have a crash. thats why even though safari is faster, i use firefox

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  • The video is actually hilarious and well worth a visit, as the intrepid girl reporter, all dressed up in safari gear, bravely watches prostitutes through binoculars, whispering her comments dramatically.

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  • I imagine that blunt criticism of Americans with the disposable income to throw at a safari is not a sustainable business practice.

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  • Capstick makes it sound like anybody that goes on safari is lucky to come back with a whole hide. i did enjoy it though.

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  • One of the other blogs that I read from time to time, the Munchkin Wrangler, regularly posts a "search term safari" -- the author lists bizarre search terms that led to his sight, with an answer to the searcher's implied question.

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