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 Since then, armed bandits have held up at least nine other bars and taverns in east or north Portland. oregonlive, "Armed robbery at SE Portland bar marks 10th stickup in 2 months," 15 Jan. 2020 Polo later recalled suffering attacks by bandits and severe illness while passing through Afghanistan. National Geographic, "Marco Polo's odyssey spawned one of the world's first best sellers," 10 Sep. 2019 Selfies are also getting these bandits into trouble. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "FBI: Felony Lane Gang has been terrorizing moms across US for years," 17 Jan. 2020 On Sunday, a masked bandit also struck the Bear Paw Inn in the 3200 block of Southeast Milwaukie Avenue at nearly the exact same time, police and bar staff said. oregonlive, "Masked gunman robs Portland dive bar The Vern, becoming 12th tavern targeted," 26 Feb. 2020 But these two-pound bandit-looking creatures are among the most endangered mammals in North America. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Sweet face, sharp claws: Louisville Zoo specializes in breeding a tiny endangered animal," 24 Feb. 2020 Netflix hit Hollywood like a bandit over the past decade, popularizing streaming as the new preferred entertainment medium of the American consumer and bending the intention of juggernaut studios toward itself. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "How Netflix Transformed the Peak TV Terrain in the 2010s," 19 Dec. 2019 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

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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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“Bandit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 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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