Roma

1
[ roh-mah ]
/ ˈroʊ mɑ /

noun, plural Ro·mas or (especially collectively) Ro·ma.

Also Rom . a member of the traditionally nomadic Romani-speaking ethnic group that migrated from northern India to Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries, or any of their descendants around the world: Unfortunately, the Roma continue to face discrimination and are subjected to profiling by law enforcement.

adjective

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Origin of Roma

1
First recorded in 1840–45; from Romani Romá, plural of Rom

usage note for Roma

The Roma have commonly been called Gypsies . However, Gypsy is a word that has also been used as a disparaging slur for this ethnic group, and many Romani people find it offensive. The collective members of this tribe are best referred to with the plural noun Roma . To refer to an individual, Rom and Romani are the preferred singular forms.

Definition for Roma (2 of 2)

Roma2
[ raw-mah ]
/ ˈrɔ mɑ /

noun

Italian name of Rome.
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British Dictionary definitions for Roma (1 of 2)

Roma1
/ (ˈroːma) /

noun

the Italian name for Rome

British Dictionary definitions for Roma (2 of 2)

Roma2
/ (ˈrəʊmə) /

noun

  1. another name for Gypsy
  2. (as modifier)Roma gypsy musicians
another name for Romany
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