dervish

play
noun der·vish \ˈdər-vish\

Definition of dervish

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

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

Recent Examples of dervish from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dervish'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of dervish

Turkish derviş, literally, beggar, from Persian darvīsh

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms


DERVISH Defined for English Language Learners

dervish

play
noun

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


Learn More about dervish


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up dervish? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

sad or melancholy

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!