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

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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 The bandit was described as a roughly 5-foot-9-inch White man in his 20s wearing blue or light-gray sweatpants, a black jacket, white athletic shoes, a red hat, glasses and a face mask. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man robs employees at La Mesa Denny’s," 7 Apr. 2021 An ex-convict bandit finds the partner who betrayed him is now a town sheriff with a wife and daughter. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘My Fair Lady’; ‘Marry Poppins’," 19 Mar. 2021 Young men band together to stop a ruthless bandit from engineering raids on cattle ranchers. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: James Dean in ‘Giant’ on TCM and more," 2 Apr. 2021 The tale of the bandit with one hand under his coat is one of Rosas’ favorite stories to share. Los Angeles Times, "Lifers: How the people who serve you survived the last year," 17 Mar. 2021 While charges will depend on the value of the item stolen and whether the suspect can be linked to additional thefts, Rosen said the half-naked bandit likely won’t face public indecency charges. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Texas porch pirate, topless and barefoot, swipes Nordstrom dress – on video," 12 Mar. 2021 For fast-moving bird-feeder action or to catch your trash-tipping bandit, try a delay of one to five seconds, along with the fastest trigger speed. New York Times, "Why You Need a Wildlife Camera," 3 Mar. 2021 Analysts said the culprits were likely one of the heavily armed bandit groups that have become increasingly powerful across swaths of Nigeria’s northwest, and not the jihadist groups based in the northeast. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "More Than 300 Girls Kidnapped in Latest Nigerian School Abduction," 26 Feb. 2021 Ben Moon, a staff member at the restaurant who was working Saturday night, told KDVR in Denver that the man’s reservation was even made under the name COVID bandit. James Leggate, Fox News, "‘COVID bandit’ leaves $6,800 tip for Colorado restaurant staff," 26 Feb. 2021

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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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19 Apr 2021

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“Bandit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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 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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