in India and the East Indies, an elephant driver or keeper
Origin of mahoutHindi mah?ut, mah?vat from Sanskrit mah?m?tra, literally , great in measure (hence, high officer) from mah?, great (see magni-) + m?tr?, measure: see meter
A person who takes care of, rides, and controls a tamed elephant.
Origin of mahoutHindi mahāvat, mahāut from Sanskrit mahāmātrah 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.)