dervish

noun der·vish \ ˈdər-vish \
|Updated on: 18 Jun 2018

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

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Origin and Etymology of dervish

Turkish derviş, literally, beggar, from Persian darvīsh

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dervish

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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