[ muh-hout ]
/ məˈhaʊt /


the keeper or driver of an elephant, especially in India and the East Indies.


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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?

Origin of mahout

1655–65; < Hindi mahāut, variant of mahāvat; compare Prakrit mahāmatta, Sanskrit mahāmatra elephant driver Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for mahout

/ (məˈhaʊt) /


(in India and the East Indies) an elephant driver or keeper

Word Origin for mahout

C17: Hindi mahāut, from Sanskrit mahāmātra of great measure, originally a title
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