[ dur-vish ]
/ ˈdɜr vɪʃ /


a member of any of various Muslim ascetic orders, as the Sufis, some of which carry on ecstatic observances, such as energetic dancing and whirling or vociferous chanting or shouting.

Origin of dervish

1575–85; < Turkish < Persian darvīsh poor man, beggar Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dervish

/ (ˈdɜːvɪʃ) /


a member of any of various Muslim orders of ascetics, some of which (whirling dervishes) are noted for a frenzied, ecstatic, whirling dance

Derived forms of dervish

dervish-like, adjective

Word Origin for dervish

C16: from Turkish: beggar, from Persian darvīsh mendicant monk
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