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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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