- 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
Examples from the Web for bedouin
Bedouin women wore bright clothes and burqas, the parting of their hair and their kohl-lined eyes left exposed.Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil
Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights
October 30, 2014
Many of the Bedouin and Christians, especially, are doing their best to distance themselves from the violence.Israelis and Arabs Shaken by the Aftershock of Teen Murders
July 7, 2014
The first state-sanctioned Bedouin town in the Negev, named Tel Sheva, was established in 1968.The Negev Desert’s Vanishing Bedouin
June 16, 2014
Egyptian authorities do have some reason to doubt Berber and Bedouin loyalty.
One role the desert-dwelling Bedouin and Berbers would be perfectly suited to is aiding the army in its frontier patrols.
The truth is that you love living in the past as the Bedouin loves living in the desert.A Spirit in Prison
The lines of camp-fires begin to gleam from the transient Bedouin villages.Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land
Henry Van Dyke
I have a Bedouin prince for a friend who accompanied me to Paris.The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)
Alexandre Dumas pre
Are thy relations with thy driver, I wonder, those of the Bedouin and his steed?The Napoleon of Notting Hill
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Many and many an army wife and mother had similarly to live a Bedouin life that summer.Under Fire
- 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 and History for bedouin
c.1400, from Old French bedüin (Modern French bédouin), from colloquial Arabic badawin "desert-dwellers," plural of badawi, from badw "desert, camp." The Arabic plural suffix was mistaken for part of the word. A word from the Crusades, it probably was lost in English and then reborrowed from French c.1600. As an adjective from 1844.