Beduin

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

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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British Dictionary definitions for beduin

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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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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