WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ban•dit /ˈbændɪt/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- a robber, esp. a member of a marauding band of thieves.
(ban′dit),USA pronunciation n., pl. ban•dits or (Rare) ban•dit•ti
(ban dit′ē).USA pronunciation
- a robber, esp. a member of a gang or marauding band.
- an outlaw or highwayman.
- 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.
- Militaryan enemy aircraft, esp. an attacking fighter.
- 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/)
Etymology: 16th Century: from Italian bandito, literally: banished man, from bandire to proscribe, from bando edict, ban1ˈbanditry n
- a robber, esp a member of an armed gang; brigand
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