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Bedouin

or Bed·u·in

[ bed-oo-in, bed-win ]
/ ˈbɛd u ɪn, ˈbɛd wɪn /
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noun, plural Bed·ou·ins, (especially collectively) Bed·ou·in.
an Arab of the desert, in Asia or Africa; nomadic Arab.
a nomad; wanderer.
adjective
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Bedouin.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for Bedouin

Bedouin

Beduin

/ (ˈbɛdʊɪn) /

noun
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
adjective
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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