noun, plural bandits or (Rare) banditti [ban-dit-ee] .
a robber, especially a member of a gang or marauding band.
an outlaw or highwayman.
a person who takes unfair advantage of others, as a merchant who overcharges; swindler; cheat.
a vendor, cab driver, etc., who operates a business or works without a required license or permit, and without observing the usual rules or practices.
Military Informal. an enemy aircraft, especially an attacking fighter.
make out like a bandit, Slang. to be extremely successful; profit greatly: The early investors in the company have made out like bandits.

1585–95; earlier bandetto, plural banditti < Italian banditi outlaws, plural of bandito proscribed, past participle of bandire banish, exile, announce publicly < Gothic bandwjan to make a sign, indicate (cf. band1) with v. suffix -ire < Latin -īre

1, 2. brigand, desperado. Unabridged
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bandit (ˈbændɪt)
n , pl -dits, -ditti
a robber, esp a member of an armed gang; brigand
[C16: from Italian bandito, literally: banished man, from bandire to proscribe, from bando edict, ban1]

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Word Origin & History

1590s, from It. bandito (pl. banditi) "outlaw," pp. of bandire "proscribe, banish," from V.L. *bannire "to proclaim, proscribe," from P.Gmc. *bann (see ban). *Bannire (or its Frankish cognate *bannjan) in O.Fr. became banir-, which, with lengthened stem, became English banish.
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Example sentences
Its hot, trackless south has long been bandit country.
Bandit is the latest in a series of programs aimed at helping bird banders manage and submit their data for banded birds.
The bandit typically enters the bank and presents a demand note for cash.
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