• (British) IPA: /ˈnəʊmæd/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈnoʊmæd/

nomad (plural nomads)

  1. (anthropology) A member of a society or class who herd animals from pasture to pasture with no fixed home.
    • 1587, Philip Sidney & al. translating Philippe de Mornay as A Woorke Concerning the Trewnesse of the Christian Religion, viii, p. 113:
      The life of the people called the Nomads or Grazyers...
    • 2013 August, Henry Petroski, "Geothermal Energy ↗" in American Scientist, Vol. 101, No. 4:
      Energy has seldom been found where we need it when we want it. Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame. With more settled people, animals were harnessed to capstans or caged in treadmills to turn grist into meal.
  2. (figuratively) Synonym of wanderer#English|wanderer: an itinerant person.
  3. (figuratively) A person who changes residence frequently.
  4. (figuratively, sports) A player who changes teams frequently.
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  1. Synonym of nomadic#English|nomadic.

Proper noun
  1. A neighborhood in Manhattan, New York.
  • Madison Square North

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