Romany

[rom-uh-nee, roh-muh-]
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noun, plural Rom·a·nies.

Gypsies collectively.
the Indic language of the Gypsies, its various forms differing greatly because of local influences.

adjective

pertaining to Gypsies, their language, or their customs.

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Examples from the Web for romany

Historical Examples of romany

  • 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

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

    The Gypsies

    Charles G. Leland

  • It was prepared for me by an old, well-known Romany, of full blood.

    The Gypsies

    Charles G. Leland


British Dictionary definitions for romany

Romany

Romani

noun

plural -nies or -nis
  1. another name for a Gypsy
  2. (as modifier)Romany customs
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 for Romany

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

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."

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