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From Hindi घाट (ghāṭ, “pier”), from Sanskrit घट्ट (ghaṭṭa, “a landing place, steps on the side of a river leading to the waters”), probably of Dravidian origin; akin to Telugu కట్ట (kaṭṭa, “dam, embankment”).
ghat (plural ghats)
- (India) A descending path or stairway to a river; a ford or landing-place.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of J. D. Hooker to this entry?)
- 2008, Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger, Atlantic 2009, p. 16:
- Chunks of wood were being built into funeral pyres on the steps of the ghat that went down into the water; four bodies were burning on the ghat steps when we got there.
- (India) A mountain range.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Balfour (Cyc. of Ind.) to this entry?)
- (India) A mountain pass.
- (India) A burning-ghat.