Definition of mahout
: a keeper and driver of an elephant
Recent Examples of mahout from the Web
Not long ago, mahouts prodded their working elephants to help push trucks free of muddy quagmires on the road.
On the outskirts of Jaipur’s Pink City, an elephant trudged along a paved highway into town, carrying its mahout – minder – and a huge stack of grain on its flanks.
One post was about a temple elephant named Vedakkumnathan Ganapathy who killed his mahout.
Many of those involved with the elephants are men—the mahouts, presumably those who own the temples, the captors.
When the elephants come out of their musth, the mahouts believe the elephants have forgotten their commands.
In India, a mahout is someone who rides an elephant.
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Origin and Etymology of mahout
Hindi & Urdu mahāwat, mahāut
First Known Use: 1662See Words from the same year
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