Origin of dervish
Examples from the Web for dervish
His earthliness places him not among those larger-than-life kind of heroes, but among the humble, quiet ones—a dervish hero.A Friend’s Tribute to Ambassador Chris Stevens: The Diplomatic Indiana Jones|Roya Hakakian|September 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It was resolved to attack the Dervish position at Kerma at dawn.
Within two minutes of the collision every living man was clear of the Dervish mass.
Ferishtah is in training for a dervish, and is anxious to feed hungry souls.The Browning Cyclopdia|Edward Berdoe
The really diligent student in one of the crowded hives of Cambridge College is as solitary as a dervish in the desert.
The Dervish riflemen crouched in the shelter trench that ran round the village.
British Dictionary definitions for dervish
Word Origin for dervish
Word Origin and History for dervish
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.