noun \ˈnō-ˌmad, British also ˈnä-\

: a member of a group of people who move from place to place instead of living in one place all the time

Full Definition of NOMAD

:  a member of a people who have no fixed residence but move from place to place usually seasonally and within a well-defined territory
:  an individual who roams about
nomad adjective
no·mad·ism \ˈnō-ˌma-ˌdi-zəm\ noun

Examples of NOMAD

  1. He lived like a nomad for a few years after college, never holding a job in one place for very long.
  2. <after college she became quite the nomad, backpacking through Europe with no particular destination>

Origin of NOMAD

Latin nomad-, nomas member of a wandering pastoral people, from Greek, from nemein
First Known Use: 1579

Other Anthropology Terms

ectomorph, ethnography, prehistory, yurt


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