[ tsi-gahn ]
/ tsɪˈgɑn /
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(often lowercase) of, consisting of, or pertaining to the Roma: Tzigane music.
a Romani, especially one from Hungary.
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Origin of Tzigane
First recorded in 1880–85; from French tzigane, probably from Hungarian cigány, akin to German Zigeuner, Romanian ţigan, Serbo-Croatian cȉganin, Bulgarian tsíganin, all ultimately from Medieval Greek (a)tsínganos, earlier athínganos member of a heretical sect of Phrygia, perhaps literally, “untouchable, inviolable” (Greek a- “not, without” + -thinganos, derivative of thingánein “to touch”); cf. zingaro
Words nearby Tzigane
tzarism, tzatziki, tzedakah, Tzekung, tzetze fly, Tzigane, Tzigany, tzimmes, tzitzit, tzitzith, Tzom Gedaliah
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How to use Tzigane in a sentence
The red Tzigane orchestra were already filing into the restaurant and the electric lamps were lit.Septimus|William J. Locke
And you, you lowborn Tzigane, are the cheapest swindler on earth.
Somebody played the languorous waltzes of the Tzigane orchestras on the piano.Csar or Nothing|Po Baroja Baroja
They hired the best Tzigane orchestra in Paris—and the fashionable crowd stayed away.In Vanity Fair|Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
He now spoke in English, but later he relapsed into the Tzigane tongue.Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies|Alice B. Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for Tzigane
/ (tsɪˈɡɑːn, sɪ-) /
- a Gypsy, esp a Hungarian one
- (as modifier)Tzigane music
Word Origin for Tzigane
C19: via French from Hungarian czigány Gypsy, of uncertain origin
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