dervish

[ dur-vish ]
/ ˈdɜr vɪʃ /
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. derrière,
  2. derro,
  3. derry,
  4. dertrum,
  5. derv,
  6. derwent,
  7. derwentwater,
  8. derzhavin,
  9. derzhavin, gavril romanovich,
  10. des

Origin of dervish

1575–85; < Turkish < Persian darvīsh poor man, beggar

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British Dictionary definitions for dervish

dervish

/ (ˈdɜːvɪʃ) /

noun

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

Word Origin for dervish

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

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Word Origin and History for dervish

dervish

n.

1580s, from Turkish dervish, from Persian darvesh, darvish "beggar, poor," hence "religious mendicant;" equivalent of Arabic faqir (cf. fakir). The "whirling dervishes" are just one order among many. Originally dervis; modern spelling is from mid-19c.

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