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Bedouin

[bed-oo-in, bed-win] /ˈbɛd u ɪn, ˈbɛd wɪn/
noun, plural Bedouins (especially collectively) Bedouin.
1.
an Arab of the desert, in Asia or Africa; nomadic Arab.
2.
a nomad; wanderer.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Bedouin.
Also, Beduin.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English Bedoyn < Middle French beduyn < Arabic badawī desert-dweller (badw desert + suffix of appurtenance)
Related forms
Bedouinism, noun
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  • bedouins are known as hospitable people of strong character, with a deep sense of family and tribal pride.
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  • bedouins who once rode camels have been given ample subsidies by the state and are now employed in the mainstream.
British Dictionary definitions for bedouins

Bedouin

/ˈbɛdʊɪn/
noun
1.
(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
2.
a wanderer or rover
adjective
3.
of or relating to the Bedouins
4.
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 bedouins

Bedouin

n.

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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