Beduin

[bed-oo-in, bed-win]
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noun, plural Bed·u·ins, (especially collectively) Bed·u·in, adjective


Origin of Beduin

First recorded in 1895–1900

Bedouin

or Bed·u·in

[bed-oo-in, bed-win]

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.

Origin of Bedouin

1350–1400; Middle English Bedoyn < Middle French beduyn < Arabic badawī desert-dweller (badw desert + suffix of appurtenance)
Related formsBed·ou·in·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for beduin

Contemporary Examples of beduin

  • That's actually a matter of intense debate with the Druse and Beduin communities.

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    It's How Badly She Said It

    Gershom Gorenberg

    February 12, 2013

  • A large portion of Beduin men and a much smaller portion of other Palestinians volunteer.

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    It's How Badly She Said It

    Gershom Gorenberg

    February 12, 2013

  • Butler also seems to say that the non-Jewish population consists of three groups: Palestinians, Druse and Beduin.

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    It's How Badly She Said It

    Gershom Gorenberg

    February 12, 2013

  • At the same time, Butler's comment defines Druse and Beduin as not being Palestinian.

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    It's How Badly She Said It

    Gershom Gorenberg

    February 12, 2013

  • At best they are scenery, urban counterparts of the peasants and Beduin whom Moshe Dayan romanticized in his memoirs.

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    What's Missing from the Jerusalem Day Speil

    Gershom Gorenberg

    May 21, 2012

Historical Examples of beduin

  • He drove the Beduin and other marauders across the frontiers of the desert and pushed the war into Syria itself.

    The Hittites

    A. H. Sayce

  • The plains of the coast, which are now given over to malaria and Beduin thieves, were doubtless thickly populated and well sown.

    Patriarchal Palestine

    Archibald Henry Sayce

  • The Amalekites had not as yet intermingled with the Ishmaelites, and their Beduin blood was still pure.

    Patriarchal Palestine

    Archibald Henry Sayce


British Dictionary definitions for beduin

Bedouin

Beduin

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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Word Origin and History for beduin

Bedouin

n.

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.

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