A person (typically a nomad) who lives in a tent; especially a nomadic Arab; a Bedouin. Now rare (historical in later use).
That lives in a tent, tent-dwelling, nomadic; relating to this way of life; especially designating a nomadic Arab; Bedouin.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Newton (d. 1607), translator and Church of England clergyman. From classical Latin Scēnītes (Pliny) from Hellenistic Greek σκηνίτης from ancient Greek σκηνή tent + -ίτης.