- 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 nomads
Beginning in December 2006 the nomads took at least $81,000 worth of private jet travel.The Prosecution Rests: Trial Now in Edwards Defense Team's Hands
May 10, 2012
The bit with the nomads in the woods and the dog, it is such a surreal moment, with him putting the bones in his pocket.Boardwalk Empire's Scene-Stealer
October 24, 2011
A few people there were, hunters and nomads, living on wild honey and game.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The nomads of Asia follow the pasturage from month to month.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Most inquirers are chiefly interested in the morals—or immorals—of these nomads.The Gypsies
Charles G. Leland
There was no place for them to live but in the caves or as nomads migrating with the animals.Space Prison
The Mongols, however, are nomads, and their villages are always on the move.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
- 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 nomads
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).