safari, noun

English, Swahili, ArabicShow more General English (from Swahili), journey, expedition, from Arabic safar journey.
Used attributively in Special Combinations (designating clothing):
safari jacket, (a) bush jacket, see bush noun1 sense 1 b; (b) latterly, the top half of a safari suit;
safari pants, safari shorts, (a) (khaki) shorts having pockets with buttoned flaps; (b) (latterly) the bottom half of a safari suit;
safari suit, a light-weight informal working suit for men, consisting of a short-sleeved shirt with pockets, worn loosely over short or long trousers; also used allusively as a symbol of bad taste, or of bureaucracy; also attributive; hence safari-suited adjective.
1961 D. Bee Children of Yesterday 42He was dressed in a safari jacket and khaki shorts and stockings and heavy brown shoes.
1985 Sunday Times 8 Sept. (Lifestyle) 3In addition to the cameras and meters..they wear turtle-neck sweaters, safari-jackets, jeans and running shoes.
1983 Sunday Times 18 Sept. (Lifestyle) 1He was ‘perfectly properly dressed’ to go to a party in his safari pants and army jacket.
1937 C. Birkby Zulu Journey 138The tall, thin, rough man..met me in khaki shorts and safari shirt.
1948 H.V. Morton In Search of S. Afr. 231Upon a parquet floor covered with lion and zebra skins stood Captain Potter, wearing a safari shirt and khaki trousers.
1988 G. Silber in Style Apr. 33He is wearing a sensible cotton safari shirt with matching shorts.
1983 Sunday Times 28 Aug. (Mag. Sect.) 19A man wearing only a pair of safari shorts sits on a bench.
1970 Post 15 Mar. 9Oom Piet makes me — in my old safari suit — look like a refugee from the bush.
1972 Star 12 Dec. 26White officials reach gratefully for safari suits.
1975 Sunday Times 5 Mar. 1The safari-suited man who is so revved up that he can’t easily unwind.
1975 S. Roberts Outside Life’s Feast 86It was wraggies hard to believe those men were policemen...The older, fatter, man had worn a grey safari suit.
1982 Staffrider Vol.4 No.4, 18He folded the paper and put it back in his safari suit jacket pocket.
1986 O. Oberholzer in Volkskas May 1Went back to Pretoria to find a job. Saw many people in safari suits.
1987 Frontline Feb. 36A crowd of pot-bellied, heavy-jowled, comb-in-sock, white-shoed, safari-suited, sideburned, Brylcreemed caricatures of white South Africa.
1988 S. Lupton in Weekend Argus 19 Mar. 21The safari-suited Transvaaler browsing on Greenmarket Square.
1989 D. Kramer in ADA No.7, 8Suddenly I saw myself standing on top of a dam wall wearing a safari suit and long socks, and looking like a Water Affairs civil engineer.
1989 P. Lee in Sunday Times 26 Feb. (Mag. Sect.) 36Who needs the Leaning Tower Of Pisa..when you’ve got absolute gems like..any of the following: Tassies, safari suits, biltong, proteas and Scope magazine.
1990 M. Kentridge Unofficial War 215The security police were..present in the form of a man in a safari suit a size too small.
1992 J. Wilhelm in Sunday Times 16 Feb. 11The Swiss are known for neutrality and the cuckoo clock. We came up with apartheid and the safari suit.