der·​vish | \ ˈdər-vish How to pronounce dervish (audio) \

Definition of dervish

1 : a member of a Muslim religious order noted for devotional exercises (such as bodily movements leading to a trance)
2 : one that whirls or dances with or as if with the abandonment of a dervish

Examples of dervish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That episode winds up coming full circle to involve Saul and Caprice in a stunt that will put their competitors (a dervish-dancing man who has sprouted multiple ears; a woman who mutilates herself for the delectation of the elite) to shame. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 1 June 2022 Hare was a dervish, assisting on four consecutive fast-break baskets at one point and tallying eight points, including her final 3-pointer that boosted the Huskies’ lead to 54-27 heading into the fourth. Matt Le Cren,, 5 Jan. 2022 The 19-year-old pop sensation danced around the large stage like a dervish during her seven-song set, accompanied by a band that includes brother Finneas. Steve Bloom, Variety, 25 Sep. 2021 In fact, the whirling dervish out of UCLA looks like an enormous bargain for the Browns in the sixth round. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, 21 Sep. 2021 Not far behind is the pulpit dervish Clara Walker, whose exhortative way with a tune doubles as furnace and fan. New York Times, 24 June 2021 As Iranians say, the night is long and the dervish is awake. Washington Examiner, 25 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dervish

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dervish

Turkish derviş, literally, beggar, from Persian darvīsh

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“Dervish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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