ban·​dit | \ ˈban-dət How to pronounce bandit (audio) \
plural bandits

Definition of bandit

1 plural also banditti\ ban-​ˈdi-​tē How to pronounce bandit (audio) \ : an outlaw who lives by plunder especially : a member of a band of marauders
2 : robber
3 : an enemy plane

Other Words from bandit

banditry \ ˈban-​də-​trē How to pronounce bandit (audio) \ noun

Examples of bandit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Proctor started with the first string at the bandit safety position. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 17 Apr. 2022 An investigator who found Daniels’ car parked near his home was able to see a green camouflage gaiter in the backseat, along with a tie-dye pattern sweatshirt that was worn by the bandit during a robbery in Downey. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2022 The rest would be donated to charity, the digital bandit said. Fortune, 31 Mar. 2022 Idris hopes to make a film about Lawrence Anini, a Nigerian bandit who was killed by a firing squad in 1987. Demetria L. Lucas, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2022 If Valve can get most of Steam's popular games running on the Deck without paying a per-device Windows license fee, the company could make out like a bandit—or, at the very least, keep the Deck's launch prices down. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 25 Feb. 2022 Around the same time, at least 200 people were killed in bandit attacks in northwest Nigeria. Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 The bandit, who was holding a skateboard during the robbery, handed a note demanding money to a teller and received an undisclosed amount of cash, the FBI said in a news release. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Jan. 2022 While between jobs, Virguley gets by thanks to a striking resemblance to Lampião, likely the twentieth century’s most successful bandit leader and the face of the Cangaço era. Jamie Lang, Variety, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bandit

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bandit

borrowed from Italian bandito (earlier in English also bandetto, probably by association with the Italian diminutive suffix -etto), noun derivative of bandito "put under a ban, outlawed, exiled," from past participle of bandire "(of a government or other authority) to announce, proclaim, proscribe, outlaw," probably borrowed (directly or via Old Occitan bandir) from Gothic bandwjan "to give a sign, show, reveal," derivative of bandwo "sign, signal" — more at band entry 3

Note: See also note at banderole.

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13 May 2022

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“Bandit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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ban·​dit | \ ˈban-dət How to pronounce bandit (audio) \

Kids Definition of bandit

: a criminal who attacks and steals from travelers and is often a member of a group


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