American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The keeper and driver of an elephant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the East Indies, the keeper and driver of an elephant.
- n. A coarse woolen cloth formerly manufactured in England and in the south of France, exclusively for export to the seaports of the Mediterranean, and particularly to Egypt.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. East Indies The keeper and driver of an elephant.
- n. the driver and keeper of an elephant
- Hindi (mahāut), from Sanskrit (mahāmātra, "high official"), from (mahā, "great") + (mātra, "measure") (Wiktionary)
- Hindi mahāvat, mahāut, from Sanskrit mahāmātraḥ, one having great measure, mahout : mahā-, great; see meg- in Indo-European roots + mātram, measure (from mimīte, mā-, he measures; see mē-2 in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word mahout comes from the Hindi words mahaut and mahavat, derivatives of the Sanskrit word mahamatra, meaning "[one] having great measure.”
“What do you call the mahout Trousers for?" asked Ned.”
“Its scarlet howdah was empty; its trappings were scarlet; the mahout was a Shan.”
“These men, perched as they are on the elephant's neck, carry their lives in their hand, for should the tiger be wounded only, he will certainly make a spring for the elephant's head, and then the mahout is a dead man.”
“It was always slipping forward or backward, and as I was heavier than the Malay lad, I was always slipping down and trying to wriggle myself up on the great ridge which was the creature's backbone, and always failing, and the mahout was always stopping and pulling the rattan ropes which bound the whole arrangement together, but never succeeding in improving it.”
“The mahout is the fellow that sits on the elephant's neck and conducts him.”
“Kingsley William, 41, suffered cuts to his arm, head and ear when the elephant trainer and guide, known as a mahout, attacked him with a hook used for controlling elephants in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai.”
“(noun) A mahout is a person who drives an elephant.”
“First came the elephant, very lazy and stately -- gorgeously caparisoned now, with a gaily attired "mahout" upon his neck.”
“First came the elephant, very lazy and stately – gorgeously caparisoned now, with a gaily attired "mahout" upon his neck.”
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