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 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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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 Hotels.com'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 Here on the central Asian steppe, the ancient home of Genghis Khan and his Mongol horde, the nomads are brought up tough. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolia’s nomadic way of life threatened by climate change, neglect, modernity," 8 July 2018 Then, about 4,500 years ago, another wave of people arrived, descended from the horse-riding nomads of what are now the Russian steppes. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "David Reich Unearths Human History Etched in Bone," 20 Mar. 2018 The Quains are not the only family that has of late dispensed with the trappings of the American dream (house, school, career) and gone nomad. Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, "Some Said They’d Flee Trump’s America. These People Actually Did.," 14 Apr. 2018 Last summer, after years as a nomad, Justin bought a house outside Toronto. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Justin and Hailey Bieber Open Up About Their Passionate, Not-Always-Easy but Absolutely All-In Romance," 7 Feb. 2019 Fibre Tibet Throw Stay warm on the couch and help preserve Himalayan artisan traditions with this cozy cashmere throw, woven from handspun cashmere collected by Tibetan nomads. David Thielebeule, WSJ, "Style Director David Thielebeule’s Gift Guide: The Great Indoors," 11 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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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

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Kids Definition of nomad (Entry 2 of 2)

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