msilikali

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Chichewa[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a reanalysis of Swahili askari as a plural form, probably via Yao (with possible interference from Swahili serikali (government)). The Swahili word derives from Arabic عَسْكَرِيّ(ʿaskariyy).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

msilikáli 1 (plural asilikáli 2)

  1. soldier

Usage notes[edit]

This word is normally spelt with -ili-, despite -iri- being the standard orthography.