Simple Definition of dervish
: a member of a Muslim religious group that is known for its customs including a fast spinning dance that is done as part of worship
Full Definition of dervish
1 : a member of a Muslim religious order noted for devotional exercises (as bodily movements leading to a trance)
2 : one that whirls or dances with or as if with the abandonment of a dervish
Origin of dervish
Turkish derviş, literally, beggar, from Persian darvīsh
First Known Use: 1585
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