- 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
Examples from the Web for nomadism
Nomadism—if accompanied by poverty—is criminal in modern Society.Civilisation: Its Cause and Cure
Their nomadism has too often been regarded as an aimless wandering.The Argentine Republic
With the evils of nomadism, he participated to the full in whatever benefits lie in it for a man.The Life of John Sterling
Nomadism cuts men off from fixed temples and intense local associations; they take a broader and simpler view of the world.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind
Herbert George Wells
Permanence is what I advocate in all human relations; nomadism, continual change, is prohibitory of any good whatsoever.
- 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 and History for nomadism
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).
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.