Definition of nomad in English:


Syllabification: no·mad
Pronunciation: /ˈnōˌmad


1A member of a people having no permanent abode, and who travel from place to place to find fresh pasture for their livestock.
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  • The Touareg people are nomads who traveled through the desert.
  • These people are the original nomads of North Africa, who were converted to Islam by invading Arab armies eons ago.
  • Local nomads reported the animals were sensitive to human presence and could be aggressive.
1.1A person who does not stay long in the same place; a wanderer.
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  • He's a nomad, never staying in one place too long.
  • He was, in truth, a nomad, a rootless wanderer, trailing from one country to another and one place to another, varying longer stays with many restless shorter travels, living alone except when visiting or journeying with friends.
  • How long will she remain a wanderer, a nomad, with no place to go?


late 16th century: from French nomade, via Latin from Greek nomas, nomad- 'roaming in search of pasture', from the base of nemein 'to pasture'.



Pronunciation: /nōˈmadik/
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  • The dress of these nomadic herdsmen has changed and though you still see some in the black shaggy goats-hair capes, more and more have adopted western style dress.
  • Recent investigations have challenged long-held views of nomadic culture as purely transient, with little impact on the urban, sophisticated societies that emerged later.


Pronunciation: /nōˈmadiklē/
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  • He can say he bought the car a few days before he was arrested, he's living nomadically between San Diego and Modesto.
  • White-winged Crossbills do not undertake a regular migration, but do wander nomadically throughout their range and congregate in areas with large cone crops.
  • Wintering flocks often wander about nomadically in search of food.


Pronunciation: /ˈnōmaˌdizəm/
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  • It shows a society that is blatantly discriminatory against Travellers and their culture, and particularly of that part of their culture that relates to nomadism.
  • His tent was hung with the paraphernalia of a lifetime's nomadism - water jars, saddles, spears, swords, leather bags and an old rifle.
  • As I travelled with the nomads and researched about them I found that nomadism was more than just being on the move.

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