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  1. a Greek or Albanian brigand, exalted in the war of Greek independence as a patriotic robber; guerrilla.
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Origin of klepht

1810–20; < Modern Greek kléphtēs, variant of Modern Greek, Greek kléptēs thief, rogue; see kleptomania
Related formskleph·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for klepht

Historical Examples of klepht

  • They say Rhangos is going to join the Turks, as many other klepht leaders have done.

    In Greek Waters

    G. A. Henty

  • Meantime, the services of the notorious Klepht Achilles have been engaged.

    The Casual Ward

    A. D. Godley

  • Whoever was not a klepht was the victim of some official extortioner.

  • He has taken the leadership of the coryphes, and now executes a dance which is called the "Klepht."

British Dictionary definitions for klepht


  1. any of the Greeks who fled to the mountains after the 15th-century Turkish conquest of Greece and whose descendants survived as brigands into the 19th century
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Derived Formsklephtic, adjective

Word Origin for klepht

C19: from Modern Greek klephtēs, from Greek kleptēs thief
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