Definition of bandit in English:


nounPlural bandits, Plural banditti

  • 1A robber or outlaw belonging to a gang and typically operating in an isolated or lawless area.

    ‘the bandit produced a weapon and demanded money’
    • ‘First it could be bandits or highway robbers or second it could be another of your rabbit friends.’
    • ‘For example, victims were more likely to be white or Latino and were more often accused of being horse thieves, bandits, or outlaws.’
    • ‘Certainly some people are pleased - the bandits, robbers and rapists are having a field day.’
    • ‘I followed Ir-Xieng's evil-looking gaze towards the group of bandits and robbers, all whom were looking quite nervous.’
    • ‘Initial reports had said the kidnappers belonged to a gang of bandits seeking the release of their leaders and two other colleagues arrested recently.’
    • ‘Scholars commonly describe these Mexican outlaws as ‘social bandits.’’
    • ‘The still extensive forests, swamps, and reed-edged lakes provided cover for gangs of bandits, robbers, and deserters.’
    • ‘Most importantly of all for the car-jackers, gunmen, bandits and muggers of Iraq, it removes your sense of fear.’
    • ‘On Saturday, thousands of enraged citizens attacked a gang of alleged bandits, accusing them of robbing a man who was in town from the US visiting relatives.’
    • ‘Jolo, about 600 miles south of Manila, is a refuge for armed gangs, bandits and pirates.’
    • ‘However, the bandits transmitted that there were no other bandits in the target area, and we were not painting any contacts over the target with our own radars.’
    • ‘It seems that the road to Yusuichin was a lawless area infested with bandits and very dangerous.’
    • ‘He deserts from the army, and joins her gang of smugglers / bandits as an outlaw.’
    • ‘In one version the bandits and their boss join the imperial forces and from then on fight robbers and bandits in the name of law and order.’
    • ‘He was kidnapped in October by a gang of bandits called the Pentagon Gang.’
    • ‘The Abu Sayyaf claims to seek an independent Muslim state in the southern Philippines, but the government characterizes it as a gang of bandits making money from kidnappings and robberies.’
    • ‘Despite what romantic notions your kind has invented we are criminals, bandits and outlaws.’
    • ‘The British Foreign Office was advising travellers to avoid the country while the stretch from Bam to Pakistan was dogged with marauding gangs of bandits.’
    • ‘When they finally got used to things enough to settle into small villages, they decided they needed protectors to save them from the outlaws and bandits that roamed the lawless land.’
    • ‘Tales and legends dealt with the doings of kings, contests between knights and dragons, and the exploits of ancient robbers and bandits as well as with the lives of saints.’
    robber, raider, mugger
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    1. 1.1military slang An enemy aircraft.
      • ‘At that moment I saw the two Thunderbolts flying ahead of them and I reported bandits approaching.’
      • ‘Both pilots begin to focus on the bandit, and both begin flying their best Basic Fighter Maneuvers while clearing their flight paths.’
      • ‘If the two fighters begin to converge while attacking a bandit, the yielding pilot must alter course to preserve the 500-foot bubble.’
      • ‘I was so fixated on the bandit and turning my aircraft that the altimeter fell out of my crosscheck.’
      • ‘My tail gunner called out another two bandits coming in again in trail from the low six o'clock position.’


Late 16th century: from Italian bandito, ‘banned’, past participle of bandire ‘to ban’.