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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