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 The United States, in contrast, made out like a bandit, selling agricultural commodities, mining products and manufactured military material such as explosives, for over three years before any U.S. troops actually entered combat. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Myths of war fog its economic costs," 29 Dec. 2019 The bandits' trail was picked up this morning by Hamer and three Texas Ranger associates in bossier parish, where the Rangers were joined by Jordon and a staff of deputies., "May 23, 1934: Bonnie and Clyde shot dead," 23 May 2018 Clark was a member of a gang of post-Civil War bandits who wandered the South, terrorizing the citizenry. Kelly Kazek |, al, "The Alabama outlaw buried beneath the street," 30 Jan. 2020 On December 13, the flyer says, the bandit hit a Huntersville BB&T Bank, leaving with an undisclosed amount of money while wearing a short blonde wig with bangs. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Authorities are looking for a bank robber they call the 'Bad Wig Bandit'," 10 Jan. 2020 But there is a lot more political juice in being the bandit, taking control of other people’s property for your own purposes. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Rubio’s and Warren’s Immoral Attack on Capitalism," 19 Nov. 2019 This rugged stretch of Guerrero state had always been a little lawless, home to cattle rustlers and highway bandits. Los Angeles Times, "Guns from the United States are stoking a homicide epidemic in Mexico," 6 Oct. 2019 Against the Trotskyite view of Stalin as a Georgian bandit chief, Kalder argues that Stalin was actually a big thinker and a good writer, capable of popularizing Marx in ways Lenin could not. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Field Guide to Tyranny," 16 Dec. 2019 But there’s a muddiness to some of the stage business, such as the bumbling of the Little Robber Girl’s bandit underlings. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "No winter wonderland in slushy ‘Snow Queen’," 15 Dec. 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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The first known use of bandit was in 1611

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18 Feb 2020

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“Bandit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 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


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Kids Definition of bandit

: a criminal who attacks and steals from travelers and is often a member of a group

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