WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ban•dit /ˈbændɪt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a robber, esp. a member of a marauding band of thieves.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ban•dit  (bandit),USA pronunciation n., pl.  ban•dits  or (Rare) ban•dit•ti 
    (ban ditē).USA pronunciation 
  1. a robber, esp. a member of a gang or marauding band.
  2. an outlaw or highwayman.
  3. Informal Terms
    • a person who takes unfair advantage of others, as a merchant who overcharges;
    • a vendor, cab driver, etc., who operates a business or works without a required license or permit, and without observing the usual rules or practices.
  4. Militaryan enemy aircraft, esp. an attacking fighter.
  5. Idiomsmake out like a bandit, [Slang.]to be extremely successful;
    profit greatly:The early investors in the company have made out like bandits.
  • Latin -īre
  • Gothic bandwjan to make a sign, indicate (compare band1) with verb, verbal suffix -ire
  • Italian banditi outlaws, plural of bandito proscribed, past participle of bandire banish, exile, announce publicly
  • earlier bandetto, plural banditti 1585–95
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged brigand, desperado.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

bandit /ˈbændɪt/ n ( pl -dits, -ditti / -ˈdɪtɪ/)
  1. a robber, esp a member of an armed gang; brigand
Etymology: 16th Century: from Italian bandito, literally: banished man, from bandire to proscribe, from bando edict, ban1

ˈbanditry n

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