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

Definition of bandit

1 plural also banditti\ ban-​ˈdi-​tē How to pronounce banditti (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 banditry (audio) \ noun

Examples of bandit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This time, the bandit broke through a pane of glass with a sledgehammer and was in and out in minutes. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Art detectives go deep inside the criminal underworld on hunt for stolen Van Gogh," 28 Apr. 2020 Ben Cooper, who portrayed the bandit Turkey Ralston in the Joan Crawford drama Johnny Guitar, just one of his many appearances in Westerns on television and the big screen, has died. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ben Cooper, Actor in 'Johnny Guitar' and Lots of Other Westerns, Dies at 86," 26 Feb. 2020 The only problem is, there are lots of other people (like bandits and pirates) who would like the house and its treasures for themselves. Christian Holub,, "3 comics to read in April: Carrying the torch in a dark time," 2 Apr. 2020 But, a world where women are their country’s great protectors; where lesbians in boarding school can make out like bandits (literally); where witches train to join the magical armed forces sounds pretty lit. Jill Gutowitz, Teen Vogue, "In "Motherland: Fort Salem," Men Are Irrelevant," 25 Mar. 2020 Jose Garibay, Border Patrol's Yuma Sector spokesman, told the Arizona Republic that the agency believes the two bandits were attempting to rob the migrants. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "'Bandits’ attack migrants in Arizona desert: Video," 13 Mar. 2020 Still, this load killed bandits, deer, and even larger critters. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Handgun Hunting Cartridges and Loads," 24 Feb. 2020 Since then, armed bandits have held up at least nine other bars and taverns in east or north Portland. oregonlive, "Armed robbery at SE Portland bar marks 10th stickup in 2 months," 15 Jan. 2020 Polo later recalled suffering attacks by bandits and severe illness while passing through Afghanistan. National Geographic, "Marco Polo's odyssey spawned one of the world's first best sellers," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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“Bandit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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