Meaning of shikari in English:


Pronunciation /ʃɪˈkɑːriː/

nounplural noun shikaris

  • 1Indian A hunter.

    ‘A snatch of conversation at dinner, referring to a prominent local politician: ‘My friend, who's a famous shikari, says that he is bison gone wrong.’’
    • ‘Until scientific evidence became available, the most famous tales centred invariably around man-eaters, narrated by the shikari or hunter-turned-conservationist.’
    • ‘Initially, the writer doesn't accept the shikari's argument but as he discovers Choudhury's deep understanding and affection for the huge animals, he is won over to his view.’
    • ‘In our times, several books on the tiger have been written by shikaris, photographers and conservationists.’
    • ‘Each morning I would find an old man, with a khaki shikari hat adorning his head and white cane in hand, doing the same.’
    1. 1.1A guide on hunting expeditions.
      ‘She has played the part of a professional shikari, an ecologist, a botanist and as a tourism development manager.’
      • ‘The famous shikari used to say that big cats did not become man-eaters unless they were forced into it, usually by injuries which prevented them from hunting their usual prey.’


Early 19th century via Urdu from Persian šikārī ‘of hunting’.