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[noh-mad] /ˈnoʊ mæd/
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.
Origin of nomad
1580-90; < Latin nomad- < Greek, stem of nomás pasturing flocks, akin to némein to pasture, graze
Related forms
nomadism, noun
nonnomad, noun, adjective
seminomad, noun
seminomadism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nomads
  • The new liquid abundance attracted hordes of unwanted nomads.
  • nomads are constantly juggling the social rights of colleagues, relatives and friends, as well as their own right to downtime.
  • nomads of all ages dine on the meat and dairy products of their herds.
  • They are nomads that live in unpredictable habitat--meadows that can quickly dry up.
  • Even city-dwellers often have an investment in a distant herd, tended by nomads.
  • But the nomads do not want to remain permanently dependent on handouts, so many have settled down and started to grow maize.
  • The herders are now the herded, nomads with nowhere to go.
  • The nomads appear to be peaceful, diligent workers who share a close-knit sense of community.
  • During this time people learned to husband the land and became farmers rather than nomads of one kind or another.
  • Another is that they were nomads who gradually settled down.
British Dictionary definitions for nomads


a member of a people or tribe who move from place to place to find pasture and food
a person who continually moves from place to place; wanderer
Derived Forms
nomadism, noun
Word Origin
C16: via French from Latin nomas wandering shepherd, from Greek; related to nemein to feed, pasture
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Word Origin and History for nomads



1550s, from Middle French nomade (16c.), from Latin Nomas (genitive Nomadis) "wandering groups in Arabia," from Greek nomas (genitive nomados, plural nomades) "roaming, roving, wandering" (to find pastures for flocks or herds), related to nomos "pasture, pasturage, grazing," literally "land allotted," and to nemein "put to pasture," originally "deal out," from PIE root *nem- "to divide, distribute, allot" (see nemesis).

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