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ghat

or ghaut

[gawt, got]
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noun (in India)
  1. a wide set of steps descending to a river, especially a river used for bathing.
  2. a mountain pass.
  3. a mountain range or escarpment.

Origin of ghat

1595–1605; < Hindi ghāṭ < Sanskrit ghaṭṭa
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Examples from the Web for ghaut

Historical Examples

  • The distance from the intrenchment to the ghaut is barely a mile.

    Camps, Quarters and Casual Places

    Archibald Forbes

  • We were met at the ghaut by a large collection of residents.

    Up the Country

    Emily Eden

  • She loses her eyesight year by year, and cannot tell a log from me—the Mugger of the Ghaut.

    The Second Jungle Book

    Rudyard Kipling

  • But that goat I accepted, and went down to the Ghaut in great honor.

    The Second Jungle Book

    Rudyard Kipling

  • The next march brought us to the foot of the ghaut we were to ascend.


British Dictionary definitions for ghaut

ghaut

noun
  1. Caribbean a small cleft in a hill through which a rivulet runs down to the sea

Word Origin

C17 gaot, a mountain pass, from Hindi: ghat

ghat

noun (in India)
  1. stairs or a passage leading down to a river
  2. a mountain pass or mountain range
  3. a place of cremation

Word Origin

C17: from Hindi ghāt, from Sanskrit ghatta
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ghaut

ghat

n.

also ghaut, from Hindi, "pass, mountain," from Sanskrit ghattah "landing place," of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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