Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An Arab of any of the nomadic tribes of the Arabian, Syrian, Nubian, or Sahara deserts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to the Bedouins; nomad.
  • n. One of the nomadic Arabs who live in tents, and are scattered over Arabia, Syria, and northern Africa, esp. in the deserts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An Arab of the desert; one of the nomadic Arabs, divided into many tribes, who live in tents, rear flocks and herds, especially of camels, and are scattered over Arabia, parts of Syria, and Egypt and other parts of Africa. Also Bedawi, plural Bedawin.
  • n. A vagabond boy; a street Arab.
  • Relating to the Bedouins.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of a nomadic tribe of Arabs

Etymologies

Middle English Bedoin, from Old French beduin, from Arabic badāwīyīn, pl. of badawī, nomadic, from badw, desert nomads, Bedouins; see bdw in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Donald P. Cole explains how the Bedouin have changed over the last century, and how the term Bedouin has evolved from a lifestyle to being an identity.

    Al-Ahram Weekly Online

  • Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, barely forty and barely literate, a Bedouin from the Bani Hassan tribe, was until recently almost unknown outside his native Jordan.

    The Short, Violent Life of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

  • The Egyptian prisoners to be released in exchange for Mr Grapel are described as Bedouin and include three children.

    BBC News - Home

  • Nabati poetry, the principal style used in the competition, is sometimes referred to as Bedouin poetry or the people's poetry.

    News from TheMediaLine.org.

  • Although the word Bedouin still evokes a tent-dwelling community forgotten by time in an inhospitable stretch of desert the reality is often quite different.

    Al-Ahram Weekly Online

  • The only two things that I thought marginally unusual possessions for a Bedouin were a small collapsible brass telescope and the stub of a pencil.

    O Jerusalem

  • The Bedouin was the most dangerous of the three of Tanus 'adversaries, and he was also the closest to me.

    River God

  • The family mansion of the Bedouin is a tent made of goat-hair cloth.

    Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania

  • From the time of Ishmael to the present day the Bedouin has been a "wild man," and a robber by trade.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • Yet Israel won't recognize them, excludes them from regional and municipal planning, denies them basic services, calls Bedouin settlements illegal, and forcibly expels their residents from land they own.

    Mathaba Highlights Briefing

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