or Bed·u·in

[ bed-oo-in, bed-win ]
/ ˈbɛd u ɪn, ˈbɛd wɪn /

noun, plural Bed·ou·ins, (especially collectively) Bed·ou·in.

an Arab of the desert, in Asia or Africa; nomadic Arab.
a nomad; wanderer.


of, relating to, or characteristic of the Bedouin.

Origin of Bedouin

1350–1400; Middle English Bedoyn < Middle French beduyn < Arabic badawī desert-dweller (badw desert + suffix of appurtenance)

Related forms

Bed·ou·in·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bedouin



/ (ˈbɛdʊɪn) /


plural -ins or -in a member of any of the nomadic tribes of Arabs inhabiting the deserts of Arabia, Jordan, and Syria, as well as parts of the Sahara
a wanderer or rover


of or relating to the Bedouins
wandering or roving

Word Origin for Bedouin

C14: from Old French beduin, from Arabic badāwi, plural of badwi, from badw desert
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