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or ghaut

[gawt, got]
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.
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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

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

    The Second Jungle Book

    Rudyard Kipling

  • 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

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

British Dictionary definitions for ghaut


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

C17 gaot, a mountain pass, from Hindi: 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
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Word Origin

C17: from Hindi ghāt, from Sanskrit ghatta
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Word Origin and History for ghaut



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

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