nomad

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French nomade, from Latin nomas (wandering shepherd), from Ancient Greek νομάς (nomás, roaming, wandering, esp. to find pasture), from Ancient Greek νομός (nomós, pasture). Compare Numidia.

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nomad (plural nomads)

  1. (anthropology) A member of a society or class who herd animals from pasture to pasture with no fixed home.
    • 1587, Philip Sidney & al. translating Philippe de Mornay as A Woorke Concerning the Trewnesse of the Christian Religion, viii, p. 113:
      The life of the people called the Nomads or Grazyers...
    • 2013 August, Henry Petroski, "Geothermal Energy" in American Scientist, Vol. 101, No. 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. (figuratively) Synonym of wanderer: an itinerant person.
  3. (figuratively) A person who changes residence 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. (figuratively, sports) A player who changes teams frequently.
    • 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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nomad (comparative more nomad, superlative most nomad)

  1. Synonym of nomadic.

References[edit]

  • "nomad, n.", in the Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

nòmād m (Cyrillic spelling но̀ма̄д)

  1. nomad

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