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See also: nomád and nómad



From Middle French nomade, from Latin Nomas (genitive Nomadis(wandering shepherd)), from Ancient Greek νομάς(nomás, roaming, roving, wandering (to find pastures for flocks or herds)), from Ancient Greek νομός(nomós, pasture). Compare Numidia.



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nomad (plural nomads)

  1. A member of a group of people who, having no fixed home, move around seasonally in search of food, water and grazing etc.
    • 2013 July-August, Henry Petroski, “Geothermal Energy”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 4:
      Energy has seldom been found where we need it when we want it. Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame. With more settled people, animals were harnessed to capstans or caged in treadmills to turn grist into meal.
  2. A wanderer.
  3. One who changes their place of living frequently.
    • 2010, J. Knight, Unloved, ISBN 1456837249, page 58:
      Once again Judy was a nomad, moving to yet again another destination.
    • 2014, Dan Lovett, Anybody Seen Dan Lovett?: Memoirs of a media nomad, ISBN 1452594201, page 10:
      I made my exit down I-75, heading south. After a 40-year odyssey as a media nomad, I will be closing the circle in a place where my life had never been better.
    • 2016, Daniel Coffeen, Reading the Way of Things: Towards a New Technology of Making Sense, ISBN 1785354159:
      Poise is the posture of the nomad, moving while always at home.
  4. (sports) A player who is traded around, playing for many different teams.
    • 2008, John Devaney, Full Points Footy's WA Football Companion, ISBN 0955689716, page 282:
      With the recruitment of South Australian football nomad, and eventual legend of the game, Phil Matson, Subiaco would improve considerably in 1912.
    • 2014, Wayne Stewart, Stan the Man: The Life and Times of Stan Musial, ISBN 1623688671, page 49:
      Unlike players who were often traded, baseball nomads who carried a hobo's bindle rather than a bat on their shoulders, Musial stayed put in St. Louis.
    • 2015, Pete Cava, Indiana-Born Major League Baseball Players, ISBN 078649901X:
      Between 1996 and 2003, Lewis was a baseball nomad. At various times he signed contracts with San Diego, Detroit, Oakland, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, the New York Mets, Cleveland, and the Chicago Cubs.

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  • IPA(key): /nǒmaːd/
  • Hyphenation: no‧mad


nòmād m (Cyrillic spelling но̀ма̄д)

  1. nomad