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

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The bandit was described 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing around 210 pounds, with a muscular build. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gunman robs truck stop in Otay Mesa," 5 June 2019 Also in the opposition are career bandits of the political class, who have shared for years in the spoils of corruption no matter who was at the helm. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Power and Money in Venezuela," 10 Feb. 2019 Inns were often squalid and lice-infested, food could be tainted, and there was always risk of violence from rebels, soldiers and bandits. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Lin Huiyin and Liang Sicheng, Chroniclers of Chinese Architecture," 11 Apr. 2018 The London makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench, whirring airbrush tool in hand, was making her mark with painterly smudges and bandit-like masks around many of the models' eyes. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Eckhaus Latta Brings Back the Airbrush With Painterly Color-Clash Makeup," 9 Feb. 2019 This is a bunch of bandits run in with some hoodies, steal, what? Fox News, "Watters' Words: A tale of two tours," 15 July 2018 Dressed as a bandit in black costume and a jaunty hat, with a cigar in one hand, the rosy-cheeked boy—his hair just slightly askew—has a little smirk on his face. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting From the Museums of Madrid’ Review: A Visual Heritage Tour," 3 July 2018 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 1:03 Carjacker punches woman in face Advertisement A carjacker was arrested Wednesday morning after a woman was punched in the face by a bandit who stole her keys, wallet and car. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Dad was waiting for his son to finish at soccer. Teens beat him up and took the car, video shows," 22 June 2018 Violence enters with a stranger, later identified as a bandit named Markus (Egi Fedly). Rama Adi, New York Times, "Review: Vengeance Is Hers in ‘Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts’," 21 June 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 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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