ghat

noun
\ ˈgȯt How to pronounce ghat (audio) , ˈgät How to pronounce ghat (audio) \

Definition of ghat

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

Examples of ghat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

In Varanasi, one of the country's seven sacred cities, locals interact with the river via ghats—stepped platforms leading down into the water—and use them as sites for multiple ceremonies. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Beautiful Sacred Sites Around the World," 29 Mar. 2018 In addition to the ghats, temples to numerous gods dot the city streets – the Golden Temple, the Durgha Temple, the Nepalese Temple and others. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 In Varanasi, a private boat tour on the Ganges River views ghats (stairways) where cremations are being held and local residents bathing in the sacred waters. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Finding religion in India, tracing the steps of Portuguese explorers and more," 26 Apr. 2018 Lining the river are numerous burning and bathing ghats. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ghat.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of ghat

1783, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ghat

Hindi & Urdu ghāṭ, from Sanskrit ghaṭṭa

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ghat

Statistics for ghat

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for ghat

The first known use of ghat was in 1783

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on ghat

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with ghat

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about ghat

Comments on ghat

What made you want to look up ghat? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

having no equal

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!