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also Bed·u·in  (bĕd′o͞o-ĭn, bĕd′wĭn)
n. pl. Bedouin or Bed·ou·ins also Beduin or Be·du·ins
An Arab of any of the nomadic tribes of the Arabian, Syrian, Nubian, or Sahara Deserts.

[Middle English Bedoin, from Old French beduin, from Arabic badāwīyīn, pl. of badawī, nomadic, from badw, desert nomads, Bedouins; see bdw in Semitic roots.]


(ˈbɛdʊɪn) or


npl -ins or -in
1. (Peoples) a member of any of the nomadic tribes of Arabs inhabiting the deserts of Arabia, Jordan, and Syria, as well as parts of the Sahara
2. a wanderer or rover
3. (Peoples) of or relating to the Bedouins
4. wandering or roving
[C14: from Old French beduin, from Arabic badāwi, plural of badwi, from badw desert]


or Bed•u•in

(ˈbɛd u ɪn, ˈbɛd wɪn)

n., pl. -ins, (esp. collectively) -in.
1. an Arab of the deserts of SW Asia and N Africa, traditionally tent-dwelling and dependent on animal herds for subsistence.
2. a nomad; wanderer.
[1350–1400; Middle English Bedoyn < Middle French beduyn < Arabic badawī desert-dweller =badw desert + suffix of appurtenance]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Bedouin - a member of a nomadic tribe of ArabsBedouin - a member of a nomadic tribe of Arabs
Arab, Arabian - a member of a Semitic people originally from the Arabian peninsula and surrounding territories who speaks Arabic and who inhabits much of the Middle East and northern Africa
nomad - a member of a people who have no permanent home but move about according to the seasons


A. ADJbeduino
B. N (Bedouin or Bedouins (pl)) → beduino/a m/f


n (= person) → Bédouin(e) m/f


nBeduine m, → Beduinin f


[ˈbɛdʊɪn] n & adjbeduino/a
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Italian aid organization Vento Di Terra, together with volunteers from the Jahalin Bedouin community in al-Khan al-Ahmar, built the school in 2009 as an alternative for the Palestinian students who had to attend classes in distant schools.
Salha and her family are members of the Jahalin Bedouin community who live in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli military and civilian control.
Palestinian citizens and international institutions told the newspaper that the plan is expected to be implemented within the next few months, noting that it will make it easier to expand the settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim and other settlements in the area extending between East Jerusalem and the eastern part of Ramallah The newspaper added that the New-Old project has started in the early 90s, when the Israeli government evacuated the Jahalin Bedouin and forcefully relocated them to a site near Al-Azariya, where they were given old shipping containers to live in.