bandito

noun

ban·​di·​to ban-ˈdē-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce bandito (audio)
: an outlaw especially of Mexican extraction or origin

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Italian, "outlaw" — more at bandit

Note: Since the nineteenth century the term has been used erroneously for Spanish bandido.

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bandito was in 1591

Dictionary Entries Near bandito

Cite this Entry

“Bandito.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bandito. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ