Definitions

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

  • n. The keeper and driver of an elephant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an elephant driver and keeper

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The keeper and driver of an elephant.

from The 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.

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

  • n. the driver and keeper of an elephant

Etymologies

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)
Hindi  (mahāut), from Sanskrit  (mahāmātra, "high official"), from  (mahā, "great") +  (mātra, "measure") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The word mahout comes from the Hindi words mahaut and mahavat, derivatives of the Sanskrit word mahamatra, meaning "[one] having great measure."

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  • "What do you call the mahout Trousers for?" asked Ned.

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  • Its scarlet howdah was empty; its trappings were scarlet; the mahout was a Shan.

    AN AUSTRALIAN IN CHINA

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • The mahout is the fellow that sits on the elephant's neck and conducts him.

    Across India Or, Live Boys in the Far East

  • 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.

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  • (noun) A mahout is a person who drives an elephant.

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  • First came the elephant, very lazy and stately -- gorgeously caparisoned now, with a gaily attired "mahout" upon his neck.

    A Little Bush Maid

  • First came the elephant, very lazy and stately – gorgeously caparisoned now, with a gaily attired "mahout" upon his neck.

    A Little Bush Maid

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