Definition of bandit noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbændɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbændɪt//
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a member of an armed group of thieves who attack travellers Buses driving through the mountains have been attacked by bandits. See related entries: Criminals Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Italian bandito, ‘banned’, past participle of bandire ‘to ban’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bandit