the keeper or driver of an elephant, especially in India and the East Indies.
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How to use mahout in a sentence
One, a mahout, or tender, straddled the neck to guide the creature.How to Capture an Elephant: Excerpt From Michael Daly’s ‘Topsy’ | Michael Daly | July 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
From time to time the new mahout turned and smiled at her curiously, but she was too absorbed to note his attentions.
Bruce's mahout, who was a Rajput Mohammedan, turned his head to learn what his master had to say.
The mahout reached down with his silver tipped goad and touched the elephant on the knee.
Nevertheless, he permitted the mahout to direct him to one of the city gates, the soldiers trooping alongside.
The mahout, fully awake to the danger, beat the old rascal mightily with his goad.
British Dictionary definitions for mahout
(in India and the East Indies) an elephant driver or keeper
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