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[tsi-gahn] /tsɪˈgɑn/
(often lowercase) of, consisting of, or pertaining to Gypsies:
Tzigane music.
a Gypsy, especially a Hungarian one.
Origin of Tzigane
1880-85; < French tzigane, probably < Hungarian cigány, akin to German Zigeuner, Romanian ţigan, Serbo-Croatian cȉganin, Bulgarian tsíganin, all ultimately < Medieval Greek (a)tsínganos, earlier athínganos member of a heretical sect of Phrygia, perhaps literally, “untouchable, inviolable” (Greek a- a-6 + -thinganos, derivative of thingánein to touch) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Tzigane
Historical Examples
  • He now spoke in English, but later he relapsed into the Tzigane tongue.

  • Her eyes sparkled and she talked with him for some time in the Tzigane tongue.

  • It is the Tzigane, Fifi, who permits herself the honour of addressing you.

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • And while he read, there came from the salon the notes of a Tzigane waltz played on the piano.

    Csar or Nothing Po Baroja Baroja
  • Through the illuminated windows the Tzigane music poured forth its waves of sensuous melodyand alas!

    Marie Tarnowska

    Annie Vivanti
  • Somebody played the languorous waltzes of the Tzigane orchestras on the piano.

    Csar or Nothing Po Baroja Baroja
British Dictionary definitions for Tzigane


/tsɪˈɡɑːn; sɪ-/
  1. a Gypsy, esp a Hungarian one
  2. (as modifier): Tzigane music
Word Origin
C19: via French from Hungarian czigány Gypsy, of uncertain origin
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