Etymology
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Bedouin (n.)

"an Arab of the desert, one of the tribes of nomadic Arabs," c. 1400, from Old French bedüin (12c., 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.

updated on April 26, 2017

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Definitions of Bedouin from WordNet

Bedouin (n.)
a member of a nomadic tribe of Arabs;
Synonyms: Beduin
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