- a member of a people or tribe that has no permanent abode but moves about from place to place, usually seasonally and often following a traditional route or circuit according to the state of the pasturage or food supply.
- any wanderer; itinerant.
Origin of nomad
Related Words for nomadvagabond, pilgrim, wanderer, migrant, rover, itinerant, wayfarer, hobo, roamer, rambler
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Contemporary Examples of nomad
As she tells the story in her book Nomad, she met with liberal and conservative outfits.Bill Maher 1, Ben Affleck 0
October 5, 2014
At DVF, multiple pompoms adorned floppy knit hats, adding a dose of whimsy to a collection inspired by a mythical "nomad."Head Over Heels for Hats
The Daily Beast
February 20, 2009
Historical Examples of nomad
By God, he'd leave the mark of the Nomad on the vicious thing!
Whatever it was, the thing would know the sting of the Nomad's ray.
Our honeymoon—years of it—will be spent in the Nomad, roving the universe.
He backed toward the open manhole of the Nomad, still grinning.
But it would be great at that to have her along in the Nomad.
- a member of a people or tribe who move from place to place to find pasture and food
- a person who continually moves from place to place; wanderer
Word Origin for nomad
1550s, from Middle French nomade (16c.), from Latin Nomas (genitive Nomadis) "wandering groups in Arabia," from Greek nomas (genitive nomados, plural nomades) "roaming, roving, wandering" (to find pastures for flocks or herds), related to nomos "pasture, pasturage, grazing," literally "land allotted," and to nemein "put to pasture," originally "deal out," from PIE root *nem- "to divide, distribute, allot" (see nemesis).