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
Recent Examples on the Web Thanks to a few factors — most notably the growth of Instagram, online review platforms and the rise of the digital nomad — hostels are no longer the bane of the budget traveler’s journey. NBC News, "Move over, Airbnb. These days, hostels are good for the 'Gram and your wallet.," 3 Aug. 2019 In the past, the Gathering mixed things up by showcasing the poetry traditions of kindred cowboy cultures around the world, including the gauchos of Argentina, the nomads of Mongolia, and the camargue horsemen of southern France. Ryan T. Bell, National Geographic, "Cowboy poetry is a 150-year-old tradition. Will it survive in the 21st century?," 30 Jan. 2020 When her grandmother was a girl, Itta's ancestors were nomads, roaming the mountains, rivers and tundra in search of caribou and other game. Anchorage Daily News, "As Alaska warms, one village’s fight over oil development and the future," 14 Dec. 2019 However Andersen was a nomad from 2001 through 2004, suiting up for the Giants, Chiefs and Vikings. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "100 famous NFL players who played for teams you forgot about," 29 Oct. 2019 Early settlement began with the arrival of the nomads in the Stone Age, who hunted for seals and birds, and fished. New York Times, "A Mother Journeys Through Grief Across Finland’s Many Islands," 12 Nov. 2019 Hundreds of thousands of men served in Qin armies, mobilized to defend against Xiongnu nomads in the north and other tribes in the south. Kristin Baird Rattini, National Geographic, "Who was the Chinese emperor behind the terra-cotta warriors?," 3 June 2019 Rose leads a whole band of superpowered nomads, including Madge Ick, Spellon Mee, and Whit Chiznwizards. Darren Franich,, "Doctor Sleep takes The Shining and puts a hat on a hat," 30 Oct. 2019 Yeah, those Chiefs, who hammered the Raiders when the NFL nomads were last seen before the Black Hole crowd. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Panthers star Christian McCaffrey faces huge test as 49ers' 'Steel Curtain' looms," 24 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of nomad was in 1579

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24 Feb 2020

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“Nomad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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


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

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



Kids Definition of nomad (Entry 2 of 2)

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