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

Origin of nomad

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

Related forms

no·mad·ism, nounnon·no·mad, noun, adjectivesem·i·no·mad, nounsem·i·no·mad·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nomadism

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 Forms

nomadism, 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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Culture definitions for nomadism

nomadism

[ (noh-mad-iz-uhm) ]

A way of life in which a community has no permanent settlement but moves from place to place, usually seasonally and within a defined territory. For hunting and gathering societies, nomadism does not imply aimless wandering, but suggests an organized rotation of settlements to ensure maximum use of available natural resources.

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