often capitalized
: a Greek belonging to any of several independent guerrilla communities formed after the Turkish conquest of Greece
klephtic adjective often capitalized

Word History


Modern Greek klephtēs, literally, robber, from Greek kleptēs, from kleptein

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of klepht was in 1820

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“Klepht.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/klepht. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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