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or Beduin

[bed-oo-in, bed-win] /ˈbɛd u ɪn, ˈbɛd wɪn/
noun, plural Bedouins (especially collectively) Bedouin.
an Arab of the desert, in Asia or Africa; nomadic Arab.
a nomad; wanderer.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Bedouin.
Origin of Bedouin
1350-1400; Middle English Bedoyn < Middle French beduyn < Arabic badawī desert-dweller (badw desert + suffix of appurtenance)
Related forms
Bedouinism, noun Unabridged
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  • Then the little heap of sand was raised, and four stone slabs were placed, according to Bedouin custom, upon the grave.

    The Days of Mohammed Anna May Wilson
  • The Bedouin Arabs are the principal and best known of such races.

    Chaldea Znade A. Ragozin
  • Secondly, we have the Arabs proper, a decidedly later importation into the country than the Bedouin.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • There is no such word in the Bedouin vocabulary, no such feeling in the Bedouin breast.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • Mohammed Dukhi, noble though he is in point of blood, is not a fine specimen of a great Bedouin Sheykh.

British Dictionary definitions for Bedouin


(pl) -ins, -in. a member of any of the nomadic tribes of Arabs inhabiting the deserts of Arabia, Jordan, and Syria, as well as parts of the Sahara
a wanderer or rover
of or relating to the Bedouins
wandering or roving
Word Origin
C14: from Old French beduin, from Arabic badāwi, plural of badwi, from badw desert
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Word Origin and History for Bedouin

c.1400, from Old French bedüin (Modern French bédouin), from colloquial Arabic badawin "desert-dwellers," plural of badawi, from badw "desert, camp." The Arabic plural suffix was mistaken for part of the word. A word from the Crusades, it probably was lost in English and then reborrowed from French c.1600. As an adjective from 1844.

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