A member of a Muslim (specifically Sufi) religious order who has taken vows of poverty and austerity. Dervishes first appeared in the 12th century; they were noted for their wild or ecstatic rituals and were known as dancing, whirling, or howling dervishes according to the practice of their order.
More example sentences
- His bold, expressive pictures are unmatched in the Islamic world, showing scenes of nomadic life; dancing and music-making demons, and Sufi dervishes.
- You must see these Sufi dervishes go whirl round and round in great devotion.
- Mystic orders and dervishes played an important role in their lives and dervish lodges provided food and shelter along the trade routes.
from Turkish derviş, from Persian darvīš 'poor', (as a noun) 'religious mendicant'.
Definition of dervish in:
- The US English dictionary