a member of a people or tribe that has no permanent abode but moves about from place to place, usually seasonally and often following a traditional route or circuit according to the state of the pasturage or food supply.
any wanderer; itinerant.

1580–90; < Latin nomad- < Greek, stem of nomás pasturing flocks, akin to némein to pasture, graze

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nomad (ˈnəʊmæd)
1.  a member of a people or tribe who move from place to place to find pasture and food
2.  a person who continually moves from place to place; wanderer
[C16: via French from Latin nomas wandering shepherd, from Greek; related to nemein to feed, pasture]

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Word Origin & History

1555, from M.Fr. nomade, from L. Nomas (gen. Nomadis) "wandering groups in Arabia," from Gk. nomas (gen. nomados, pl. nomades) "roaming, roving, wandering" (to find pastures for flocks or herds), related to nomos "pasture," lit. "land allotted," and to nemein "put to pasture," originally "deal out,"
from PIE base *nem- "to divide, distribute, allot" (see nemesis).
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NOMAD definition

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Ed is a nomad at heart.
For the time being, he is a culinary nomad.
The very idea of being a nomad is absolutely alien to me.
This is a tough world for nomads.
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