Definition of klepht in English:

klepht

Syllabification: klepht
Pronunciation: /kleft
 
/

noun

  • 1A Greek independence fighter, especially one who fought the Turks in the 15th century or during the war of independence (1821–28).
  • 2A Greek brigand or bandit.

Origin

from modern Greek klephtēs, from Greek kleptēs 'thief'. The original klephts led an outlaw existence in the mountains; those who maintained this after the war of independence became mere bandits.

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