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Rom

[ rohm ]
/ roʊm /
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noun, plural Roms, (especially collectively) Rom.
an individual member of the Romani people, or Roma, especially a man or boy.
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Origin of Rom

First recorded in 1835–45; from Romani: “man, married man”; compare Sanskrit ḍomba, ḍoma “a low-caste minstrel,” probably from a Dravidian language; compare Kannada ḍomba, ḍoma, Tamil dommara “caste of jugglers”

usage note for Rom

See gypsy.

Other definitions for Rom (2 of 4)

ROM
[ rom ]
/ rɒm /

noun
computer memory in which program instructions, operating procedures, or other data are permanently stored, generally on electronic chips during manufacture, and that ordinarily cannot be changed by the user.
Compare PROM, RAM.

Origin of ROM

r(ead)-o(nly)m(emory)

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ROM

RAM, ROM

Other definitions for Rom (3 of 4)

rom.

abbreviation
roman (printing type).

Other definitions for Rom (4 of 4)

Rom.

abbreviation
Roman.
Romance.Also Rom
Romania.
Romanian.Also Rom
Romanic.Also Rom
Bible. Romans (New Testament).
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British Dictionary definitions for Rom (1 of 4)

Rom
/ (rɒm) /

noun plural Roma (ˈrɒmə)
a male Gypsy

Word Origin for Rom

Romany

British Dictionary definitions for Rom (2 of 4)

ROM
/ (rɒm) /

n acronym for computing
read only memory: a storage device that holds data permanently and cannot in normal circumstances be altered by the programmer

British Dictionary definitions for Rom (3 of 4)

rom.
/ printing /

abbreviation for
roman (type)

British Dictionary definitions for Rom (4 of 4)

Rom.

abbreviation for
Roman
Romance (languages)
Bible Romans
Romania(n)
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Scientific definitions for Rom

ROM
[ rŏm ]

Short for read-only memory. Computer hardware that stores programs or data that cannot be added to, modified, or deleted. ROM does not require power to maintain its contents, and is often used to save instructions that enable the computer's operating system to communicate with other hardware.
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Cultural definitions for Rom

ROM

Acronym for read only memory, which refers to a memory system, such as a commercial CD, which can be read but which cannot be altered. (Compare RAM.)

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