American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A robber, especially one who robs at gunpoint.
- n. An outlaw; a gangster.
- n. One who cheats or exploits others.
- n. Slang A hostile aircraft, especially a fighter aircraft.
- idiom. make out like a bandit Slang To be highly successful in a given enterprise.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An outlaw; one who is proscribed. Hence A lawless or desperate fellow; a brigand; a robber; especially, one of an organized band of lawless marauders.
- n. Synonyms Brigand, etc. See robber.
- To outlaw; proscribe; banish.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An outlaw; a brigand.
- n. an armed thief who is (usually) a member of a band
- From Italian bandito ("outlawed"), from Late Latin bannire ("to proclaim"). (Wiktionary)
- Italian bandito, from bandire, to band together, probably of Germanic origin; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But people assume the bandits are illegal as well because of what they are called 'bandits'; but the term bandit was introduced to English via Italian around 1590 in Europe...so the word existed WAY before there was even a Mexico, or United States of America.”
“Like many, she blames Mr. Yeltsin for wasting a historic opportunity, ushering in what she calls a bandit regime controlled by powerful oligarchs, and generating profound distrust of politicians.”
“She nonchalantly wrote, “Deep under them both is solid blue clay, embalming the fossil horse and fossil ox and the great mastodon, the same preserving blue clay that was dug up to wrap the head of the Big Harp in bandit days, no less a monstrous thing when carried in for reward.””
“My alma matta, SUNY Buffalo, has made out like a bandit from the change.”
“Among the famous inmates were Benito Juárez (before he was exiled to Louisiana), Fray Servando Teresa de Mier, a 19th-century writer who fell out of favor with Emperor Agustín Iturbide, and "Chucho el Roto," a Robin Hood-style bandit from the 1700s who stole from the rich to give to the poor.”
“Seattle frequently played a defense it refers to as the bandit, which features seven defensive backs, linebacker Lofa Tatupu and just three down linemen.”
“He’d been told to man a machine-gun and to protect one side of a defensive position deep in bandit country.”
“The bandit is a man dressed up as a woman and he has robbed an adult entertainment store.”
“The IRA is no monolith, but its wild heart is unquestionably in Northern Ireland's so-called bandit country.”
“When they call you the duct tape bandit, that is not you?”
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