noun, plural Bed·u·ins, (especially collectively) Bed·u·in, adjective

  1. Bedouin.

noun, plural Bed·ou·ins, (especially collectively) Bed·ou·in.

  1. an Arab of the desert, in Asia or Africa; nomadic Arab.
  2. a nomad; wanderer.


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Bedouin.


  1. 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
  2. a wanderer or rover


  1. of or relating to the Bedouins
  2. 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.

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