pl. -·dits or Rareban·dit′ti
- a robber, esp. one who robs travelers on the road; brigand; highwayman
- anyone who steals, cheats, exploits, etc.
Origin of banditItalian bandito ; from bandire, to outlaw ; from Germanic an unverified form bann (see ban), with spelling, spelled influenced, influence by Italian banda, band
- A robber, especially one who robs at gunpoint.
- An outlaw; a gangster.
- One who cheats or exploits others.
- Slang A hostile aircraft, especially a fighter aircraft.
Origin of banditItalian bandito, from past participle of bandire, to proclaim, proscribe, banish, probably of Germanic origin; see bha-2 in Indo-European roots.
- one who robs others
- an outlaw
- one who cheats others
- (military) An enemy aircraft.