Meaning of “bandit” in the English Dictionary

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"bandit" in British English

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banditnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbæn.dɪt/ us /ˈbæn.dɪt/

Examples from literature

  • A train traveling through the West was held up by masked bandits. 
  • At the wedding-feast she learns that he is a mere bandit, leader of a band of robbers that infests the country. 
  • He called to the rest of the bandits and gave crisp instructions. 
  • Holes were cut in the masks through which the bandits could see. 
  • The hero is a bandit and an outlaw, and he is doomed to failure because of the superior power of organised society arrayed against him. 

(Definition of “bandit” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bandit" in American English

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banditnoun [ C ]

us /ˈbæn·dɪt/

an armed thief, esp. (in older use) one who attacks people while they are traveling:

Bandits attacked the travelers just outside of town.

(Definition of “bandit” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)