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Word Origin and History for gitano

Gitano

n.

"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.

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Examples from the Web for gitano

Historical Examples

  • 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.