or da·koit


Origin of dacoit

First recorded in 1800–10, dacoit is from the Hindi word ḍakait
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Examples from the Web for dacoit

Historical Examples of dacoit

  • I have had dacoit leaders with prices on their heads walk into my camp.

  • I ripped the shirt up, and bandaged the dacoit quite professionally.

  • Afterwards he returned to the life of a dacoit, and, I fear, came to a bad end.

    A Civil Servant in Burma

    Herbert Thirkel White

  • They had to live, and his methods were the same as those of other dacoit leaders.

    The Pacification of Burma

    Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite

  • It was said that men joined the dacoit gangs in consequence.

    The Pacification of Burma

    Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite

British Dictionary definitions for dacoit


  1. (in India and Myanmar) a member of a gang of armed robbers

Word Origin for dacoit

C19: from Hindi dakait, from dākā robbery
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