: a broad flight of steps that is situated on an Indian riverbank and that provides access to the water especially for bathing

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The riverside cities have wide flights of steps, called ghats, leading into the water, often with netting or guardrails. New York Times, 23 Dec. 2019 Millions of pilgrims flock to its temples and ghats -- or riverbank -- every year. Helen Regan And Omar Khan, CNN, 20 May 2019 On the last day, Temsutula tweeted a photo—the ghat was spotless! Neha J Hiranandani, Quartz India, 16 Oct. 2019 Devout Hindus go there to die so that they can be cremated on the ghats or on floating rafts and have their ashes can be strewn on the water to free them from the cycle of death and rebirth. New York Times, 23 Dec. 2019 Varanasi has many steps, called ghats, leading down to the river Ganga. Neha J Hiranandani, Quartz India, 16 Oct. 2019 Prakash rows up and down the ghats every day in the hot sun to support his wife and three daughters. Helen Regan And Omar Khan, CNN, 20 May 2019 In the context of an emerging forest-vs-agriculture narrative in the western ghats, some forestry researchers feel strongly the need to remind people that coffee plantations may not be the problem. Nandita Jayaraj, Quartz India, 4 Sep. 2019 Maike’s research was focused on the coffee plantations of Kodagu, commonly known as Coorg, situated on the western ghats in Karnataka. Nandita Jayaraj, Quartz India, 4 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History


Hindi & Urdu ghāṭ, from Sanskrit ghaṭṭa

First Known Use

1783, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ghat was in 1783

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“Ghat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ghat. Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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