Dervish Definition

dûrvĭsh
dervishes
noun
A member of any of various Muslim religious groups dedicated to a life of poverty and chastity: some dervishes practice whirling, chanting, etc. as religious acts.
Webster's New World
One that possesses abundant, often frenzied energy.
American Heritage
A member of any of various Muslim ascetic orders, some of which perform whirling dances and vigorous chanting as acts of ecstatic devotion.
American Heritage
One that possesses abundant, often frenzied energy.
American Heritage
pronoun
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Dervish

Noun

Singular:
dervish
Plural:
dervishes

Origin of Dervish

  • Turkish derviş mendicant from Persian darvēš from Middle Persian driyōš needy one, one who lives in holy mendicancy from Old Iranian (Avestan) drigu- Sanskrit adhriguḥ (a divine epithet of unknown but favorable meaning) perhaps a- not dhrigu- poor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Turkish derviş mendicant from Persian darvēš from Middle Persian driyōš needy one, one who lives in holy mendicancy from Old Iranian (Avestan) drigu- Sanskrit adhriguḥ (a divine epithet of unknown but favorable meaning) perhaps a- not dhrigu- poor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Turkish derviş, from Persian درویش (darvish).

    From Wiktionary

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