- a wide set of steps descending to a river, especially a river used for bathing.
- a mountain pass.
- a mountain range or escarpment.
Origin of ghat
1595–1605; < Hindi ghāṭ < Sanskrit ghaṭṭa
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for ghats
This gap, which completely intersects the Ghats, is about 20 m. wide.
On the southern coast of India a river, which flows from the ghats to the sea, passing Tinnevelly, is called Tambapanni.
The city is connected with the river by flights of stone steps, called "ghats."Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877
Side by side with these cemeteries rise the Hindu ghats, generally by the river bank.From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan
Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
At short intervals temples stand; ghats or steps that lead downward to the sacred stream are crowded with devotees.Recollections of Thirty-nine Years in the Army
Charles Alexander Gordon
- stairs or a passage leading down to a river
- a mountain pass or mountain range
- a place of cremation
C17: from Hindi ghāt, from Sanskrit ghatta
Word Origin and History for ghats
also ghaut, from Hindi, "pass, mountain," from Sanskrit ghattah "landing place," of unknown origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper