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A person who takes care of, rides, and controls a tamed elephant.

[Hindi mahāvat, mahāut, from Sanskrit mahāmātraḥ, one having great measure, mahout : mahā-, great; see meg- in Indo-European roots + mātram, measure (from mimīte, mā-, he measures; see mē- in Indo-European roots).]
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(in India and the East Indies) an elephant driver or keeper
[C17: Hindi mahāut, from Sanskrit mahāmātra of great measure, originally a title]
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the keeper and driver of an elephant.
[1655–65; < Hindi mahāut, variant of mahāvat]
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Noun1.mahout - the driver and keeper of an elephantmahout - the driver and keeper of an elephant
Bharat, India, Republic of India - a republic in the Asian subcontinent in southern Asia; second most populous country in the world; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
driver - someone who drives animals that pull a vehicle
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nMahaut m, → Elefantenführer m
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So I sit at my ease, as befits a mahout,--not a mere hunter,--a mahout, I say, and a man who gets a pension at the end of his service.
"The Government may pay for elephants, but they belong to us mahouts. When thou art old, Kala Nag, there will come some rich rajah, and he will buy thee from the Government, on account of thy size and thy manners, and then thou wilt have nothing to do but to carry gold earrings in thy ears, and a gold howdah on thy back, and a red cloth covered with gold on thy sides, and walk at the head of the processions of the King.
All the elephants in the lines jumped up as if they had been shot, and their grunts at last waked the sleeping mahouts, and they came out and drove in the picket pegs with big mallets, and tightened this rope and knotted that till all was quiet.
He described the balls at Government House, and the manner in which they kept themselves cool in the hot weather, with punkahs, tatties, and other contrivances; and he was very witty regarding the number of Scotchmen whom Lord Minto, the Governor-General, patronised; and then he described a tiger-hunt; and the manner in which the mahout of his elephant had been pulled off his seat by one of the infuriated animals.
The very best of all the elephants belonged to the very worst of all the drivers or mahouts; and this superior beast's name was Moti Guj.
"Call up your beast," said the planter; and Deesa shouted in the mysterious elephant language that some mahouts believe came from China at the birth of the world, when elephants and not men were masters.
They were of different sizes, and some had their mahouts or palanquins on their backs.
He cited the Kavan (the elephant) had drawn the public and media attraction due to maltreatment by the mahout. 'He (mahout) used to take Rs 20 from every visitor and then provide sugarcane to the Kavan to eat, which has not been a diet of an elephant.
ISLAMABAD -- Both the elephant keepers (mahout) at Marghazar Zoo have been suspended for allegedly stealing food meant for Kavaan, the lone elephant at the zoo, and for quarrelling with a visitor.
It contains 6 underground tunnels to serve the areas on the road and an upper bridge at the intersection of the road to wilayat of Mahout and the Duqm Economic Zone."
He disclosed that for feeding the sugarcane or hay to the elephant, the mahout charged Rs20 from each visitors.