ban·​dit | \ˈban-dət \

Definition of bandit 

1 plural also banditti\ban-​ˈdi-​tē \ : an outlaw who lives by plunder especially : a member of a band of marauders

2 : robber

3 : an enemy plane

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Other Words from bandit

banditry \ˈban-​də-​trē \ noun

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Dressed as a bandit in black costume and a jaunty hat, with a cigar in one hand, the rosy-cheeked boy—his hair just slightly askew—has a little smirk on his face. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting From the Museums of Madrid’ Review: A Visual Heritage Tour," 3 July 2018 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 1:03 Carjacker punches woman in face Advertisement A carjacker was arrested Wednesday morning after a woman was punched in the face by a bandit who stole her keys, wallet and car. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Dad was waiting for his son to finish at soccer. Teens beat him up and took the car, video shows," 22 June 2018 Violence enters with a stranger, later identified as a bandit named Markus (Egi Fedly). Rama Adi, New York Times, "Review: Vengeance Is Hers in ‘Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts’," 21 June 2018 Spikes was labeled a 'doorbell bandit' by the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Alleged 'doorbell bandit' hospitalized after new attempted burglary while out on bond," 5 July 2018 This forceful charm is common to several other Anderson stars, perhaps most notably the incurable night bandit Mr. Fox (voiced to a tee by George Clooney). Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Wes Anderson’s Fastidious Whimsy Has Delighted Moviegoers for Decades," 5 Apr. 2018 The nearest city is 80 miles away, with the connecting road a tattered ribbon of asphalt frequented by dangerous bandits. Deirdre Fernandes,, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018 When he was killed by bandits in 1814, his daughter took over the ranch. Joe Holley, Houston Chronicle, "The remarkable Ana Maria Calvillo: She could ride, shoot, ranch and live in peace with the Indians," 29 June 2018 Suddenly the bandits all turn their guns on their own heads and collapse in a heap. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 8: The Great Ghost Nation Mystery," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of bandit

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bandit

Italian bandito, from past participle of bandire to banish, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German bannan to command — more at ban

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English Language Learners Definition of bandit

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


ban·​dit | \ˈban-dət \

Kids Definition of bandit

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

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