Definition of nomad in English:

nomad

noun

  • 1A member of a people having no permanent abode, and who travel from place to place to find fresh pasture for their livestock.

    • ‘It is an ongoing dispute between Arab nomads and African farmers which has recently been politicised.’
    • ‘Local nomads reported the animals were sensitive to human presence and could be aggressive.’
    • ‘Since the Kazaks were nomads, during the 1800s it was possible for large numbers of Slavic settlers to move into and seize the land inhabited by the Kazaks.’
    • ‘Devaji's family, like other Marwari nomads, has travelled all over the country before reaching the city five years ago.’
    • ‘Baluchi nomads live in tents made of palm matting stretched on poles.’
    • ‘There are about two million nomads in Afghanistan.’
    • ‘Over the past two decades, the traditional balance between largely Arab nomads and mainly African farmers has broken down.’
    • ‘As I travelled with the nomads and researched about them I found that nomadism was more than just being on the move.’
    • ‘These events have transformed the usually stable Karens into terrified nomads and have turned many into stubborn rebel fighters.’
    • ‘The nomads bring their animals here to the town of InGall in Niger to feed on grass which is rich in salt minerals, believing that the practice fortifies the animals.’
    • ‘Although they were originally nomads, most Uzbeks have been settled for more than three hundred years.’
    • ‘Darfur, on the border with Chad and Central Africa, is home to some 80 tribes and ethnic groups divided between nomads of Arab origin and farmers of African origin.’
    • ‘For centuries, there has been conflict between settled Black African farmers and Arab nomads.’
    • ‘Among nomads, women make tents and have more freedom of movement.’
    • ‘These people are the original nomads of North Africa, who were converted to Islam by invading Arab armies eons ago.’
    • ‘The Touareg people are nomads who traveled through the desert.’
    • ‘The Germanic tribes were not nomads, they were farmers.’
    • ‘Actually, however, its roots go back deeper to an ethnic dispute and power struggle between African farmers and Arab nomads over water and land rights.’
    • ‘The interaction between the Eurasian pastoral nomads and the surrounding sedentary societies is a major theme in world history.’
    • ‘Political tensions exist between sedentary peoples and nomads.’
    itinerant, traveller, migrant, wanderer, wayfarer, roamer, rover, gypsy, bedouin
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    1. 1.1 A person who does not stay long in the same place; a wanderer.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He's a nomad, never staying in one place too long.’
      • ‘How long will she remain a wanderer, a nomad, with no place to go?’
      • ‘Asher has never stayed in one place for long; he is a nomad, and he remembers it well.’
      • ‘He remained a nomad, a figure displaced by the historical tragedies of the last century, an émigré.’

Origin

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

nomad

/ˈnōˌmad//ˈnoʊˌmæd/