nomad

[ noh-mad ]
/ ˈnoʊ mæd /

noun

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.

adjective


Nearby words

  1. nom de guerre,
  2. nom de plume,
  3. nom.,
  4. nom. cap.,
  5. noma,
  6. nomadic,
  7. nomadism,
  8. nomadize,
  9. nomarch,
  10. nomarchy

Origin of nomad

1580–90; < Latin nomad- < Greek, stem of nomás pasturing flocks, akin to némein to pasture, graze

Related formsno·mad·ism, nounnon·no·mad, noun, adjectivesem·i·no·mad, nounsem·i·no·mad·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for nomad

nomad

/ (ˈnəʊmæd) /

noun

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
Derived Formsnomadism, noun

Word Origin for nomad

C16: via French from Latin nomas wandering shepherd, from Greek; related to nemein to feed, pasture

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Word Origin and History for nomad

nomad

n.

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).

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