dervish

[ dur-vish ]
/ ˈdɜr vɪʃ /

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.

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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 forms of dervish

dervish-like, adjective

Word Origin for dervish

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