ghat

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Etymology[edit]

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).

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Noun[edit]

ghat (plural ghats)

  1. (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.
  2. (India) A mountain range.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Balfour (Cyc. of India) to this entry?)
  3. (India) A mountain pass.
  4. (India) A burning-ghat.