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Ghat \Ghat\ Ghaut \Ghaut\, n. [Hind. gh[=a]t.]

  1. A pass through a mountain. [India]
    --J. D. Hooker.

  2. A range of mountains.
    --Balfour (Cyc. of Ind. ).

  3. Stairs descending to a river; a landing place; a wharf. [India]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also ghaut, from Hindi, "pass, mountain," from Sanskrit ghattah "landing place," of unknown origin.


n. 1 (context India English) A descending path or stairway to a river; a ford or landing-place. 2 (context India English) A mountain range. 3 (context India English) A mountain pass. 4 (context India English) A burning-ghat.


n. stairway in India leading down to a landing on the water


As used in many parts of Northern South Asia, the term ghat refers to a series of steps leading down to a body of water, particularly a holy river. In Bengali-speaking regions, this set of stairs can lead down to something as small as a pond or as large as a major river.

Usage examples of "ghat".

Now leave this hill station and run your eye down the Ganges river on its way to the sea, past Allahabad, Benares, and Patna, till you reach Mokameh Ghat, where I laboured for twenty-one years.

The people in this village know me, for in response to an urgent telegram, which the whole village subscribed to send me, and which was carried by runner to Naini Tal for transmission, I once came hot-foot from Mokameh Ghat, where I was working, to rid them of a man-eating tiger.

So, when my handling contract at Mokameh Ghat began paying a dividend, I started building a masonry wall round the village.

And then one day I received orders to go to Mokameh Ghat and see Storrar, the Ferry Superintendent.

Mokameh Ghat on the right bank of the Ganges is the most important of these connexions.

Samastipur in the early hours of the morning and at the branch-line terminus, Samaria Ghat, boarded the S.

I had not been told why I was to go to Mokameh Ghat, we spent the day partly in his house and partly in walking about the extensive sheds, in which there appeared to be a considerable congestion of goods.

Two days later I was summoned to Gorakhpur, the headquarters of the railway, and informed that I had been posted to Mokameh Ghat as Trans-shipment Inspector, that my pay had been increased from one hundred to one hundred and fifty rupees per month, and that I was to take over the contract for handling goods a week later.

Storrar was twice my age and had been at Mokameh Ghat for several years.

Railway, and was in charge of a fleet of steamers and barges that ferried passengers and metre-gauge wagons between Samaria Ghat and Mokameh Ghat.

March to September, congestion of goods traffic took place at Mokameh Ghat and caused serious loss to the Railway.

Mokameh Ghat, necessitated by a break of gauge, was done by a Labour Company which held the contract for handling goods throughout the length of the broad-gauge railway.

At a rough calculation I put the goods at Mokameh Ghat waiting to be dealt with at fifteen thousand tons, and I had been sent to clear up the mess.

Saran was station-master at Mokameh Ghat, a post he had held for two years.

Gorakhpur had taken two days, so when I arrived at Mokameh Ghat I had five days in which to learn what my duties were, and to make arrangements for taking over the handling contract.