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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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 The country has been plagued by gangs of armed bandits preying on villagers, clashes between herdsmen and farmers, and the continuing Islamist insurgency of Boko Haram. New York Times,, "45 killed in Nigerian village as mass killings increase," 8 May 2018 Manuel Cabral Aguado Bejarano’s 1865 portrait of his son Alfonsito as a very well-dressed bandit, for example, was selected partly because the light and the landscape — which includes an agave plant — is reminiscent of that of South Texas. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "SAMA only place in U.S. to see show of Picasso, Goya, El Greco works," 22 June 2018 The city, which has struggled with a bandit sign problem for decades, paid 24 community groups 50 cents per sign as part of the pilot program. Julia Terruso,, "Philly residents tear down 8,000 illegal 'bandit signs.' Get paid.," 11 July 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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