or Bed·u·in

[ bed-oo-in, bed-win ]

noun,plural Bed·ou·ins, (especially collectively) Bed·ou·in.
  1. an Arab of the desert, in Asia or Africa; nomadic Arab.

  2. a nomad; wanderer.

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Bedouin.

Origin of Bedouin

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English Bedoynes (plural), from Old French beduyn (singular), from Arabic badawīn “desert-dwellers,” plural of badawī, equivalent to badw “desert” + a suffix indicating relationship or origin; in the Western languages, the Arabic plural form -īn was interpreted to be part of the basic form

Other words from Bedouin

  • Bed·ou·in·ism, noun

Words Nearby Bedouin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Bedouin in a sentence

  • The first state-sanctioned Bedouin town in the Negev, named Tel Sheva, was established in 1968.

  • The similitude is a calumny on the descendants of Ishmael; the fiercest Bedouin are refined and mild compared with the Apaches.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • Down a leafy way charged a squadron of Bedouin light horse, twenty, perhaps, and more.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • The ports which are thus found among the breakers are like the hospitality of the fierce Bedouin—friendly and sure.

    Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
  • Are thy relations with thy driver, I wonder, those of the Bedouin and his steed?

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill | Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • "Better a Bedouin in the trackless desert than a man who is forever running the gauntlet at such a risk," he said embarrassingly.

    The Broken Sword | Dennison Worthington

British Dictionary definitions for Bedouin



/ (ˈbɛdʊɪn) /

  1. 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

  2. a wanderer or rover

  1. of or relating to the Bedouins

  2. wandering or roving

Origin of Bedouin

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

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