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[ rom-uh-nee, roh-muh- ]
/ ˈrɒm ə ni, ˈroʊ mə- /

noun, plural Rom·a·nies.

Gypsy(def 2).
Gypsies collectively.
the Indic language of the Gypsies, its various forms differing greatly because of local influences.


pertaining to Gypsies, their language, or their customs. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for romany



/ (ˈrɒmənɪ, ˈrəʊ-) /


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



"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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