- a robber, especially a member of a gang or marauding band.
- an outlaw or highwayman.
- a person who takes unfair advantage of others, as a merchant who overcharges; swindler; cheat.
- 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.
- Military Informal. an enemy aircraft, especially an attacking fighter.
- make out like a bandit, Slang. to be extremely successful; profit greatly: The early investors in the company have made out like bandits.
Origin of bandit
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Examples from the Web for bandit
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One bandit came in the night to rob the couple, and shot at his wife when she exited the house.The Nile: Where Ancient and Modern Meet
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I had my first taste of Tetra Pak wine from a neon green package labeled “Bandit” a couple of years ago.Taking Boxed Wine Seriously: It’s Not Just for Hobos and Teenagers Anymore
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After all, who has made out like a bandit since the 2008 economic collapse?‘Hunger Games’ Is a Tea Party Dystopia
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A bandit tried to rob them, and they shot and killed him and went back to work Monday morning as if nothing had happened.Secret Service Colombia Sex Scandal Deepens as Political Drama Rises
April 19, 2012
It was part of my plan, this meager manning of the bandit ship.
They were willing to tell the location of the bandit stronghold.
Juve now knew the answer to the riddle of the bandit's disappearance.
Sophie would report to the bandit—but she had not heard everything!
How could you imagine the infernal trick this bandit was playing on you?
- a robber, esp a member of an armed gang; brigand
Word Origin and History for bandit
1590s, from Italian bandito (plural banditi) "outlaw," past participle of bandire "proscribe, banish," from Vulgar Latin *bannire "to proclaim, proscribe," from Proto-Germanic *bann (see ban (v.)). *Bannire (or its Frankish cognate *bannjan) in Old French became banir-, which, with lengthened stem, became English banish.