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Romany

[rom-uh-nee, roh-muh-] /ˈrɒm ə ni, ˈroʊ mə-/
noun, plural Romanies.
1.
Gypsy (def 2).
2.
Gypsies collectively.
3.
the Indic language of the Gypsies, its various forms differing greatly because of local influences.
adjective
4.
pertaining to Gypsies, their language, or their customs.
Also, Rommany, Romani.
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Examples from the Web for Romany
Historical Examples
  • Now the mystery of mysteries of which I have spoken in the Romany tongue is this.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • I class it with the gypsy, because all who speak it are also acquainted with Romany.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • I need not give the Romany which was spoken, but will simply translate.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • It was prepared for me by an old, well-known Romany, of full blood.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • Me tu sosti, “Thou shalt be (of) me,” is Romany, which is freely used in Shelta.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • So the Romany girl, unlike the Roman, is generally doll-less and toy-less.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • How he stared when I spoke to him in Romany, and offered to help him carry it!

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  • There was a bark of a dog, and a voice said, “The Romany rye!”

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  • I observed p. 141that several used Romany words in casual conversation.

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  • As if he could hardly believe in such a phenomenon he inquired, “Romany?”

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British Dictionary definitions for Romany

Romany

/ˈrɒmənɪ; ˈrəʊ-/
noun
1.
(pl) -nies, -nis
  1. another name for a Gypsy
  2. (as modifier): Romany customs
2.
the language of the Gypsies, belonging to the Indic branch of the Indo-European family, but incorporating extensive borrowings from local European languages. Most of its 250 000 speakers are bilingual. It is extinct in Britain
Word Origin
C19: from Romany romani (adj) Gypsy, ultimately from Sanskrit domba man of a low caste of musicians, of Dravidian origin
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Word Origin and History for Romany
n.

"a gypsy; the Gypsy language," 1812, romani, fem. of romano (adj.) "Gypsy," from rom, the Romany word for "man, husband, male, Gypsy" (plural roma), from Sanskrit domba-s ("with initial cerebral d, which confuses with r" [Klein]) "male member of a low caste of musicians."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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