no·​mad | \ ˈnō-ˌmad How to pronounce nomad (audio) , British also ˈnä-\

Definition of nomad

1 : a member of a people who have no fixed residence but move from place to place usually seasonally and within a well-defined territory For centuries nomads have shepherded goats, sheep, and cattle across the … semiarid grasslands …Discovery
2 : an individual who roams about He lived like a nomad for a few years after college, never holding a job in one place for very long.

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Other Words from nomad

nomad adjective
nomadism \ ˈnō-​ˌma-​ˌdi-​zəm How to pronounce nomadism (audio) \ noun

Examples of nomad in a Sentence

He lived like a nomad for a few years after college, never holding a job in one place for very long. after college she became quite the nomad, backpacking through Europe with no particular destination

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There’s now a place on the high seas for the new nomad. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Cruise Lines Are Making it Much Easier to Travel Alone," 26 June 2019 The 20-year-old had dropped out of college and bought a van to live as a nomad. Guillermo Contreras,, "Was Benjamin Bogard mobilizing for mass violence or just spouting online rhetoric?," 14 June 2019 The initial arrests of the men, who prosecutors said plotted the girl's abduction as a means of scaring the predominately-Muslim nomads into vacating the region, proved to be a lightning rod in a part of India simmering with religious tensions. Swati Gupta, CNN, "Kathua child rape and murder: Indian court finds six guilty in case that outraged nation," 10 June 2019 And yet there was plenty of artistry on display that morning, including, at Abysm, a pair of leather-paper trousers with vast upturned cuffs resembling the caps worn by Tibetan nomads. New York Times, "For New York Men’s Fashion, Small Is Beautiful," 5 June 2019 Another was that the Tibetan antelope naturally shed its wool, and those hair clumps were then gathered up by nomads. National Geographic, "A rare antelope is being killed to make $20,000 scarves," 24 Apr. 2019 As a former nomad himself, Jimale started his firm in a bid to improve Somalia’s livestock and agricultural sectors—both hampered by recurring droughts and water scarcity. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Camel milk could be the next superfood—thanks to East Africa," 6 June 2019 This is our guide to living like a digital nomad in perhaps the best place on earth, both on and offline. Sara Tardiff, ELLE Decor, "How To Travel Berlin Like A Digital Nomad," 22 Nov. 2017 Digital nomad Jonathan Khoo, who stays in one to two Airbnbs a month, suggested something like's program, which offers one free night for every ten booked on the site. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airbnb’s ‘Superguest’ Program: The Benefits We Want to See," 18 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of nomad

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nomad

Latin nomad-, nomas member of a wandering pastoral people, from Greek, from nemein

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English Language Learners Definition of nomad

: a member of a group of people who move from place to place instead of living in one place all the time


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Kids Definition of nomad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a member of a people having no permanent home but moving from place to place usually in search of food or to graze livestock
2 : a person who moves often



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