Definition of dacoit in English:


Syllabification: da·coit
Pronunciation: /dəˈkoit


  • A member of a band of armed robbers in India or Burma (Myanmar).
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    • This valley was recently the territory of a famous dacoit, or highway robber, named Mohammad Khan.
    • Since the entire Chambal area is notorious for dacoits and robbers' gangs, safety in traveling must be ensured beforehand.
    • In South India, roving bands of dacoits, carrying out their traditional depredations on the weak and unprotected, had been a part of the rural landscape for centuries.


from Hindi ḍakait, from ḍakaitī 'robbery by a gang'.

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