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
Recent Examples of dervish from the Web
Meanwhile, Demi Lovato's Instagram account reveals a pop star who moonlights as a Muay Thai whirling dervish.
Cox’s Peggy is a dervish of dance energy wrapped up in a virginal package.
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QuickTime videos lead you through gallery doors and spin you about various rooms, creating the enthusiastically dizzy perspective of a museum tour led by a whirling dervish or rambunctious child.
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Origin and Etymology of dervish
Turkish derviş, literally, beggar, from Persian darvīsh
First Known Use: 1585See Words from the same year
DERVISH Defined for English Language Learners
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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