nomad

noun
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 nomad (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 Removing an alpha male may disrupt pack dynamics for a short while but a nomad will soon be along to take its place. Popular Science, "Eastern coyotes are increasingly common—here are 5 facts to know about them," 12 Mar. 2021 El Centro has owned its building for three years but was a nomad before that. Los Angeles Times, "Column: A Mexican cultural center welcomed homeless people. Then came the fines," 4 Mar. 2021 Swankie, a nomad who plays herself in the film, helped locate other options for the crew near Quartzsite. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, "Tracking Nomadland’s Path Across the American West," 19 Feb. 2021 There are dozens of options for digital nomad visas, but here are a few of the most popular programs. Mike Swigunski, Forbes, "Remote Work Visas Are Transforming The Future Of Work And Travel," 20 Mar. 2021 But in his second season with the Eagles, Parkey tore groin muscles in the third game of the 2015 campaign, an injury that turned him into an NFL nomad. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Cody Parkey gets opportunity to drop anchor," 19 Mar. 2021 Swankie plays a version of herself, a nomad who befriends Fern and spends some time with her. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Meet Swankie, the Arizona-based breakout star of the Oscar-nominated movie 'Nomadland'," 16 Mar. 2021 Removing an alpha male may disrupt pack dynamics for a short while but a nomad will soon be along to take its place. Popular Science, "Eastern coyotes are increasingly common—here are 5 facts to know about them," 12 Mar. 2021 To make her award-winning film, which follows a woman living as a nomad in the American West, Zhao spoke to and cast real people living on the road. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chloe Zhao Makes History at the Golden Globes," 1 Mar. 2021

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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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9 Apr 2021

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“Nomad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nomad. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for nomad

nomad

noun

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

nomad

noun
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

nomad

adjective

Kids Definition of nomad (Entry 2 of 2)

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