- a member of any of various Muslim ascetic orders, as the Sufis, some of which carry on ecstatic observances, such as energetic dancing and whirling or vociferous chanting or shouting.
Origin of dervish
Examples from the Web for dervish
His earthliness places him not among those larger-than-life kind of heroes, but among the humble, quiet ones—a dervish hero.A Friend’s Tribute to Ambassador Chris Stevens: The Diplomatic Indiana Jones
September 13, 2012
So he done it, and they separated and the dervish started off again with his forty.
And this time the thing he wanted was to get the dervish to rub some of the salve on his other eye.
And here, the hospitality of the Dervish does not belie his Arab blood.
Which is a mortal task for the Dervish in the presence of the Enchantress.
There, the Dervish is thrown into the cauldron along with the magic herbs.
- a member of any of various Muslim orders of ascetics, some of which (whirling dervishes) are noted for a frenzied, ecstatic, whirling dance
Word Origin and History for dervish
1580s, from Turkish dervish, from Persian darvesh, darvish "beggar, poor," hence "religious mendicant;" equivalent of Arabic faqir (cf. fakir). The "whirling dervishes" are just one order among many. Originally dervis; modern spelling is from mid-19c.