a native African police officer or soldier, especially one serving a colonial administration.
Historical Examples

An hour or two ago he was a fugitive, practically unarmed, with nearly a score of askari hunting him down.
Samba Herbert Strang

It was just at this point that they met a party of askari marching in the other direction.
Samba Herbert Strang

But Elbel was ready: he jumped nimbly backwards, while half a dozen askari rushed between them, and pinioned Jack’s arms.
Samba Herbert Strang

For some hours he followed the path on which his uncle and he had been escorted by the askari.
Samba Herbert Strang

It seemed absolutely endless, and once or twice I feared that two of the askari would have died of the wet, cold, and exposure.
Allan Quatermain H. Rider Haggard

“Watcha kalele, Saa-sita,” I told the askari; at once he lifted up his voice to repeat my words.
The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White

But, as Samba reminded him, he had still to deal with the ten askari who had been sent back to fetch the second canoe.
Samba Herbert Strang

Therefore Sir Henry and the askari proceeded to arm themselves in like fashion.
Allan Quatermain H. Rider Haggard

The canoes were unloaded, and the stores and ammunition given to the askari to carry.
Samba Herbert Strang

But as he stood behind his uncle’s litter, two askari with loaded rifles placed themselves one on each side of him.
Samba Herbert Strang

(in East Africa) a soldier or policeman


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