dervish

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈdɜːvɪʃ/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(dûrvish)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
der•vish  (dûrvish),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Eastern Religionsa member of any of various Muslim ascetic orders, as the Sufis, some of which carry on ecstatic observances, such as energetic dancing and whirling or vociferous chanting or shouting.
  • Persian darvīsh poor man, beggar
  • Turkish
  • 1575–85

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
dervish /ˈdɜːvɪʃ/ n
  1. a member of any of various Muslim orders of ascetics, some of which (whirling dervishes) are noted for a frenzied, ecstatic, whirling dance
Etymology: 16th Century: from Turkish: beggar, from Persian darvīsh mendicant monk
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