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.

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 Because of the way its neo-Bohemian, global-nomad vibe brings those elements together. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 10 June 2022 To fight digital nomad fatigue, Lithuania is offering itself as a destination for remote workers to settle down without having to give up travel. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 1 June 2022 That’s the advice of Carlos Grider, an expert on remote work who publishes a blog about being a digital nomad. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Sri Lanka, meanwhile, has jumped on the digital nomad trend by launching long-term visas of up to one year to attract foreign visitors looking to work remotely while enjoying Sri Lanka's sunshine and scenery. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 16 July 2021 While the world is navigating a global pandemic, the decision to become a full-time digital nomad is complicated. Kimanzi Constable, Travel + Leisure, 26 Mar. 2022 After losing her job, a woman (Frances McDormand) in her sixties embarks on a journey through America while living as a modern-day nomad. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 13 May 2022 Luplow has been a bit of a baseball nomad as a major leaguer. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 6 May 2022 Stories of the horses, the weather, friendly nearby nomad families, safe routes, good food, adventures taken. Peng Shepherd, Good Housekeeping, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Nomad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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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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