dervish

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noun der·vish \ˈdər-vish\

Definition of dervish

  1. 1 :  a member of a Muslim religious order noted for devotional exercises (as bodily movements leading to a trance)

  2. 2 :  one that whirls or dances with or as if with the abandonment of a dervish

Origin and Etymology of dervish

Turkishderviş, literally, beggar, from Persian darvīsh


First Known Use: 1585

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DERVISH Defined for English Language Learners

dervish

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noun der·vish \ˈdər-vish\

Definition of dervish for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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