Definitions for NOMADˈnoʊ mæd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

no•madˈnoʊ mæd(n.)

  1. a member of a people that has no permanent abode but moves from place to place along a traditional circuit in search of pasturage or food.

    Category: Sociology, Anthropology

  2. any wanderer; itinerant.

    Category: Sociology

  3. (adj.)nomadic.

    Category: Sociology

Origin of nomad:

1580–90; < L nomas (s. nomad-) < Gk nomás pasturing flocks ( nomádes pastoral tribes)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. nomad(noun)

    a member of a people who have no permanent home but move about according to the seasons


  1. nomad(Noun)

    a member of a group of people who, having no fixed home, move around seasonally in search of food, water and grazing etc.

  2. nomad(Noun)

    a wanderer

  3. Origin: From nomade, from nomas (genitive nomadis), from νομάς, related to νομός.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nomad(noun)

    one of a race or tribe that has no fixed location, but wanders from place to place in search of pasture or game

  2. Nomad(adj)

    roving; nomadic


  1. Nomad

    A nomad, commonly known as an itinerant in modern-day contexts, is a member of a community of people who move from one place to another, rather than settling permanently in one location. There are an estimated 30–40 million nomads in the world. Many cultures have traditionally been nomadic, but traditional nomadic behavior is increasingly rare in industrialized countries. Nomadic cultures are discussed in three categories according to economic specialization: hunter-gatherers, pastoral nomads, and "peripatetic nomads". Nomadic hunting and gathering, following seasonally available wild plants and game, is by far the oldest human subsistence method. Pastoralists raise herds, driving them or moving with them, in patterns that normally avoid depleting pastures beyond their ability to recover. Peripatetic nomads, who offer the skills of a craft or trade to those with whom they travel, are most common in industrialized nations.

Anagrams of NOMAD

  1. monad

  2. Damon

Translations for NOMAD

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


one of a group of people with no permanent home who travel about with their sheep, cattle etc

Many of the people of central Asia are nomads.

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