Bedouin (n.) c.1400, from O.Fr. bedüin (Mod.Fr. bédouin), from colloquial Arabic badawin "desert-dwellers," pl. 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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  • Bedouin — [bed′o͞o in΄] n. pl. Bedouins or Bedouin [Fr bédouin < Ar badāwīn, pl. of badawī, desert dweller < badw, desert] [also b ] 1. an Arab of any of the nomadic desert peoples of Arabia, Syria, or N Africa 2. any wanderer or nomad adj. of the… …   English World dictionary

  • Bedouin — Bed ou*in, n. [F. b[ e]douin, OF. b[ e]duin, fr. Ar. bedaw[=i] rural, living in the desert, fr. badw desert, fr. bad[=a] to live in the desert, to lead a nomadic life.] One of the nomadic Arabs who live in tents, and are scattered over Arabia,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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