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 bushnoun1 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-suitedadjective.
1961D. BeeChildren of Yesterday 42He was dressed in a safari jacket and khaki shorts and stockings and heavy brown shoes.
1983Sunday Times 28 Aug. (Mag. Sect.) 19A man wearing only a pair of safari shorts sits on a bench.
1970Post 15 Mar. 9Oom Piet makes me — in my old safari suit — look like a refugee from the bush.
1972Star 12 Dec. 26White officials reach gratefully for safari suits.
1975Sunday Times 5 Mar. 1The safari-suited man who is so revved up that he can’t easily unwind.
1975S. RobertsOutside Life’s Feast 86It was wraggies hard to believe those men were policemen...The older, fatter, man had worn a grey safari suit.
1982StaffriderVol.4No.4, 18He folded the paper and put it back in his safari suit jacket pocket.
1986O. Oberholzer inVolkskas May 1Went back to Pretoria to find a job. Saw many people in safari suits.
1987Frontline Feb. 36A crowd of pot-bellied, heavy-jowled, comb-in-sock, white-shoed, safari-suited, sideburned, Brylcreemed caricatures of white South Africa.
1988S. Lupton inWeekend Argus 19 Mar. 21The safari-suited Transvaaler browsing on Greenmarket Square.
1989D. Kramer inADANo.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.
1989P. Lee inSunday 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.
1990M. KentridgeUnofficial War 215The security police were..present in the form of a man in a safari suit a size too small.
1992J. Wilhelm inSunday Times 16 Feb. 11The Swiss are known for neutrality and the cuckoo clock. We came up with apartheid and the safari suit.
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