Definition of bandit in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbandit/

noun (plural bandits or banditti /banˈditē/)

1A robber or outlaw belonging to a gang and typically operating in an isolated or lawless area: the bandit produced a weapon and demanded money
More example sentences
  • The still extensive forests, swamps, and reed-edged lakes provided cover for gangs of bandits, robbers, and deserters.
  • He deserts from the army, and joins her gang of smugglers / bandits as an outlaw.
  • When they finally got used to things enough to settle into small villages, they decided they needed protectors to save them from the outlaws and bandits that roamed the lawless land.
robber, thief, outlaw, gunman, crook, mugger, gangster, raider, freebooter, hijacker, looter, marauder, bandito
dated desperado
literary brigand
historical rustler, highwayman, reaver
1.1 military slang An enemy aircraft.
Example sentences
  • I was so fixated on the bandit and turning my aircraft that the altimeter fell out of my crosscheck.
  • At that moment I saw the two Thunderbolts flying ahead of them and I reported bandits approaching.
  • My tail gunner called out another two bandits coming in again in trail from the low six o'clock position.


make out like a bandit

Profit greatly from an activity.
Example sentences
  • If he does manage to invade Saudi, Kuwait, Oman, etc., and cuts supply in order to maximize his profit, Russia will make out like a bandit.
  • And I make out like a bandit, because I get to ‘stand beside’ fabulous people - and be identified with their Great Work!
  • Between holiday gifts and birthday presents, you've made out like a bandit, so why don't you give something back?



Pronunciation: /ˈbanditrē/
Example sentences
  • We are in a situation in which there is a virtual breakdown of law and order with the resultant general banditry and chaos.
  • Yes, the movie sees the rule of law as making the difference between civilization and banditry, but that doesn't stop it from celebrating the violent and unauthorized murder of the villain by the hero.
  • Continued banditry and firefights plague many of the provinces.


Late 16th century: from Italian bandito, literally 'banned', past participle of bandire.

  • ban from Old English:

    In Old English this meant ‘to summon by popular proclamation’. The word is Germanic and also passed into French where it had the sense ‘proclamation, summons, banishment’. This lies behind abandon (Late Middle English) based on the Old French phrase a bandon ‘at one's disposal, under one's jurisdiction’; and banal (mid 18th century) which originally related to feudal service and meant ‘compulsory’. From this came a notion of ‘common to everyone’ and so ‘ordinary and everyday’. The marriage banns (Middle English) read in church also come from the sense ‘proclamation’. Bandit (late 16th century) comes from Italian bandito a ‘banned person’, and banish (Late Middle English) comes from the same root.

Words that rhyme with bandit


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Syllabification: ban·dit

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