Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of a robber band or gang in India or Myanmar (Burma).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of an armed gang of bandits in India, Pakistan, and the surrounding region.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a class of robbers, in India and Burma (Myanmar), who act in gangs and are usually armed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. etc. See dakoit, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of an armed gang of robbers

Etymologies

Hindi ḍakait.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hindi  (ɖakait), from  (dākā, "gang-robbery"), from Sanskrit  (dashʈaka, "compressed") (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The dacoit was the one who took the man away; the handmaiden remained with her mistress.

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  • The dacoit was a pitiful sight, if Shivani were inclined to pity.

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  • A doctor cannot be taken as a dacoit just because he opens up the stomach of the patient.

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  • Retired policeman Thakur Baldev Singh wants to end the tyranny of notorious dacoit Gabbar Singh.

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  • I have learned, among many new words, dacoit: "robber, usually one who attacks in broad daylight, in a group."

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