Meaning of “Bedouin” in the English Dictionary

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"Bedouin" in British English

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Bedouinnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbed.u.ɪn/ us /ˈbed.u.ɪn/ plural Bedouin or Bedouins

a member of an Arab people living in or near the desert

Examples from literature

  • For example, the Bushmen of the Kalahari and the Bedouin of the Middle East do not live in one place all the time. 
  • The Bedouin also wear a kind of hat that covers their head and part of their face. 
  • The Bedouin wear special clothes that help to keep them cool. 
  • Every wild Bedouin of the desert knew much of the tale by heart, and listened to its periods and to its poems with quivering interest. 
  • In forcing the pace along the canal bank the Bedouin undoubtedly burst his camel. 
  • The Bedouin gravely inclined his head. 
  • The second man was a Bedouin: a camel-driver of the Libyan Desert. 
  • With her forest of foliage and her abundance of water, Damascus must be a wonder of wonders to the Bedouin from the deserts. 

(Definition of “Bedouin” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)