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"gypsy," 1834, from Spanish Gitano, from Vulgar Latin *Ægyptanus "Egyptian" (see Gypsy). The fem. is gitana. The French form of the feminine, gitane, was used as the name of a brand of cigarettes (1933) and has come to be used for French cigarettes generally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • A bystander asked me whether I could speak the gitano language.

    The Bible in Spain George Borrow
  • I would give much to see the gitano who could devise such a stroke.

    The Firebrand

    S. R. Crockett
  • The effect of this measure is marked, though the gitano survives.

  • The gitano caste in Spain were at one time estimated at 60,000.

  • Its an idyllic life that the gitano and the Romany-Chiel leads, or at least the poet would have us think so.

  • Vamos Inglesito,” shouted Sevilla in a voice of thunder; “answer the monro in the crabbed gitano.

    The Bible in Spain George Borrow
  • Such was the end of Balseiro, of whom I should certainly not have said so much, but for the affair of the crabbed gitano.

    The Bible in Spain George Borrow
  • But occasionally (observes Mr. Borrow) a wealthy gitano marries a Spanish female.

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • A wealthy gitano had married a Spanish woman; Roland's wife had been the offspring of this marriage.

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I know of a gitano who has a fine wholesale and retail cigar store in Virginia.

    A History of the Gipsies Walter Simson

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