Definition of dervish noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdɜːvɪʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɜːrvɪʃ//
Religious people
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a member of a Muslim religious group whose members make a promise to stay poor and live without comforts or pleasures. They perform a fast lively dance as part of their worship. He threw himself around the stage like a whirling dervish. See related entries: Religious people Word Originfrom Turkish derviş, from Persian darvīš ‘poor’, (as a noun) ‘religious mendicant’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dervish