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

Word History


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

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Cite this Entry

“Bandito.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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