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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.



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. (figurative) Synonym of wanderer: an itinerant person.
  3. (figurative) A person who changes residence frequently.
    • 2010, J. Knight, Unloved, →ISBN, 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, 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:
      Poise is the posture of the nomad, moving while always at home.
  4. (figurative, sports) A player who changes teams frequently.
    • 2008, John Devaney, Full Points Footy's WA Football Companion, →ISBN, 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, 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:
      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.


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




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


nòmād m (Cyrillic spelling но̀ма̄д)

  1. nomad