Definition of ghat in US English:


(also ghaut)


  • 1(in South Asia) a flight of steps leading down to a river.

    • ‘After washing the whole town's dirty linen on the ghat.’
    • ‘Small cooking fires lit up the ghats leading down to the water.’
    • ‘Indian poets speak of the splendor of dawn here, when the golden sun shines on temple spires and ashrams, when thousands of pilgrims flock to the broad sandstone steps called ghats.’
    • ‘Once, planning to shoot birds in flight, I took up position one morning on the ghat.’
    • ‘Consequently, I spent most of my time in the field engaging with boatmen and other locals working on the ghats (landing steps leading to the river).’
  • 2(in South Asia) a mountain pass.

    • ‘Walking along the ghats to the Bhutanatha temples brought one to two priceless images.’
    • ‘If you are planning a sojourn on hilly terrain, sloping mountains or steep ghats, then this is the place.’
    • ‘The drive down the ghats to the coast is breathtaking.’


From Hindi ghāṭ.