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nomad

[noh-mad]
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noun
  1. a member of a people or tribe that has no permanent abode but moves about from place to place, usually seasonally and often following a traditional route or circuit according to the state of the pasturage or food supply.
  2. any wanderer; itinerant.
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adjective
  1. nomadic.
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Origin of nomad

1580–90; < Latin nomad- < Greek, stem of nomás pasturing flocks, akin to némein to pasture, graze
Related formsno·mad·ism, nounnon·no·mad, noun, adjectivesem·i·no·mad, nounsem·i·no·mad·ism, noun
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  • A few people there were, hunters and nomads, living on wild honey and game.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • The nomads of Asia follow the pasturage from month to month.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Most inquirers are chiefly interested in the morals—or immorals—of these nomads.

    The Gypsies

    Charles G. Leland

  • There was no place for them to live but in the caves or as nomads migrating with the animals.

    Space Prison

    Tom Godwin

  • The Mongols, however, are nomads, and their villages are always on the move.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin


British Dictionary definitions for nomads

nomad

noun
  1. a member of a people or tribe who move from place to place to find pasture and food
  2. a person who continually moves from place to place; wanderer
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Derived Formsnomadism, noun

Word Origin

C16: via French from Latin nomas wandering shepherd, from Greek; related to nemein to feed, pasture
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Word Origin and History for nomads

nomad

n.

1550s, from Middle French nomade (16c.), from Latin Nomas (genitive Nomadis) "wandering groups in Arabia," from Greek nomas (genitive nomados, plural nomades) "roaming, roving, wandering" (to find pastures for flocks or herds), related to nomos "pasture, pasturage, grazing," literally "land allotted," and to nemein "put to pasture," originally "deal out," from PIE root *nem- "to divide, distribute, allot" (see nemesis).

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