- 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 semi-nomad
Historical Examples of semi-nomad
In their semi-nomad life the women ride about with the men, and thus become skilled riders.The Indians of the Painted Desert Region
George Wharton James
- 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
Word Origin and History for semi-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).