Meaning of Bedouin in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbɛdʊɪn/

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nounplural noun Bedouin

(also Beduin)
  • A nomadic Arab of the desert.

    ‘an encampment of Bedouin on the edge of the desert’
    • ‘The Arabs of the early 7th century were Bedouins or desert nomads.’
    • ‘In the middle of the strata are former Bedouins, Arabian Desert nomads, who settled in Kuwait with the advent of the oil industry.’
    • ‘For those from the desert - Bedouins to Bushmen - 100-degree heat is hardly noteworthy.’
    • ‘It developed a sophisticated oral tradition through the poetry of the nomadic Bedouins before it became the language of the Islamic religion and its holy text, the Koran, in the seventh century.’
    • ‘There are large towns in Cyrenaica, but until recently the nomadic Bedouins dominated the countryside.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, Bedouins have served in paratroop units and other Arabs have volunteered for military duty.’
    • ‘Yet the multiple causes affecting the Saudi Bedouins do not fit into the neat valences of event ecology, nor do they extend outward from a single environmental event.’
    • ‘The nomadic peoples of the region, such as the Bedouins, have long possessed rich narrative traditions of their own, not least among them the great hilali epic cycles.’
    • ‘Now, I'm sure I read an explanation of this in a text book once, same reason Bedouins wear black robes in the desert or something like that, but I could be wrong.’
    • ‘The Arabian horse, coveted by the Bedouins in ancient times, was bred to have great agility, powerful strength, and more stamina than any other horse.’
    • ‘It was due to the Quran that the Bedouins of Arabia who were engaged in rearing camels and goats could control the whole civilised world in such a short time and become the heirs to the Roman, Persian, Syriac, Indian and Greek knowledge.’
    • ‘Archaeologists responded by buying the scrolls from antiquities dealers, then hiring the Bedouins to help them further excavate the fragments of this ancient library.’
    • ‘The Bedouins are known for their weaving of fabrics, including carpets and prayer rugs made on hand-built looms, and traditional clothing that is painstakingly embroidered.’
    • ‘The Bedouins who lead these trips never stop talking to each other, gossiping all day about a camel lost some weeks ago, or how a western woman gave some villagers a sewing machine, and how they responded and how she responded.’
    • ‘All around are Bedouins, colorful tents, mountains and sea.’
    • ‘They suspect that Bedouins may have provided arms, or helped the attackers navigate through the desert and find refuge in the mountainous areas.’
    • ‘The Bedouins who shared their tea, sweet goat butter, dates, and conversation in a tent out in the Kuwaiti desert.’
    • ‘Soon after, the crew was captured by Bedouins and forced to march across the Sahara for days with little food or water.’
    • ‘When the sunrise finally came and Abdullah was no where to be found the other Bedouins would assume that the wolves had taken him instead of a goat.’
    • ‘I told them the Bedouins sometimes catch and eat them and I also rashly told them I would catch one.’


(also Beduin)
  • Relating to the Bedouin.

    ‘a Bedouin song about a desert journey’
    • ‘‘We've always reported criminals and dangerous characters who refuse to comply with Bedouin laws to the security forces,’ he said.’
    • ‘Eventually, I do find an older building (albeit renovated) in the shape of the excellent Dubai Museum, with its evocative waxworks of souk and Bedouin life.’
    • ‘Scenes from Bedouin life will be performed and accompanied by the rahbab, a typical violin-like instrument, which will be played by a famous Jordanian musician.’
    • ‘Within their luxurious 300 sq ft, you'll find an air conditioner/heater, Bedouin rugs and blankets on large beds, and a shower and lavatory.’
    • ‘It is a rich visual rewind into the country's Bedouin past.’
    • ‘There were a few camels and traditional black Bedouin tents here and there with large flocks of sheep and goats nearby.’
    • ‘The 23-year Russian describes how she was guided over the border by some Bedouin tribesmen.’
    • ‘Spotting a simple black Bedouin tent, tiny as a tea leaf, at the base of an outcrop 500 times its height suddenly supplies a scale.’
    • ‘In the recesses of their shops, they would furtively lift their veils as we bartered over Bedouin jewellery and Yemeni daggers.’
    • ‘Tribes and tribal allegiances spanned these borders, and while relations between nations remained positive, the flow of Bedouin migration continued unabated.’
    • ‘Modesty in Bedouin society is associated with sexuality and femininity.’
    • ‘The truck is part of the foundation of contemporary Bedouin livelihoods, and as such, it intertwines with the other processes of modernization described in this paper.’
    • ‘The place is literally full of cream linen draped huge beds, complete with shoe-less diners sitting Bedouin style with other groups eating food off central trays.’
    • ‘The sand dunes had been nearly bare of vegetation and composed of completely open and mobile sand until 1982, because of heavy grazing by Bedouin herds.’
    • ‘Jordanian food is based on traditional Bedouin cooking.’
    • ‘According to Bedouin custom, a person afflicted or harmed by the evil eye is cared for and cured by a woman healer - an elderly lady, or the mother or grandmother of the afflicted.’
    • ‘I recently stayed with some Bedouin tribes in Jordan, where the women did the bread-making while the men slaughtered and butchered the goat for us.’
    • ‘A 40-minute coach ride led us to Bedouin tents, as much booze as you could muster and enough food to keep our South African friends very busy.’
    • ‘The management of these territories was a complex and highly structured process in the context of Bedouin life.’
    • ‘The cluster of dive boats in the water stands in stark contrast to the jagged Sinai mountains and Bedouin tents on the land.’


From Old French beduin, based on Arabic badawī, (plural) badawīn ‘dwellers in the desert’, from badw ‘desert’.