noun, plural Bed·ou·ins, (especially collectively) Bed·ou·in.
- an Arab of the desert, in Asia or Africa; nomadic Arab.
- a nomad; wanderer.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the Bedouin.
- plural -ins or -in a member of any of the nomadic tribes of Arabs inhabiting the deserts of Arabia, Jordan, and Syria, as well as parts of the Sahara
- a wanderer or rover
- of or relating to the Bedouins
- wandering or roving
c.1400, from Old French bedüin (Modern French bédouin), from colloquial Arabic badawin “desert-dwellers,” plural of badawi, from badw “desert, camp.” The Arabic plural suffix was mistaken for part of the word. A word from the Crusades, it probably was lost in English and then reborrowed from French c.1600. As an adjective from 1844.