- (often lowercase) of, consisting of, or pertaining to Gypsies: Tzigane music.
- a Gypsy, especially a Hungarian one.
Origin of Tzigane
1880–85; < French tzigane, probably < Hungarian cigány, akin to German Zigeuner, Romanian ţigan, Serbo-Croatian cȉganin, Bulgarian tsíganin, all ultimately < Medieval Greek (a)tsínganos, earlier athínganos member of a heretical sect of Phrygia, perhaps literally, “untouchable, inviolable” (Greek a- a-6 + -thinganos, derivative of thingánein to touch)
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Examples from the Web for tzigane
He now spoke in English, but later he relapsed into the Tzigane tongue.
Her eyes sparkled and she talked with him for some time in the Tzigane tongue.
It is the Tzigane, Fifi, who permits herself the honour of addressing you.The Dark Star
Robert W. Chambers
And while he read, there came from the salon the notes of a Tzigane waltz played on the piano.Csar or Nothing
Po Baroja Baroja
Through the illuminated windows the tzigane music poured forth its waves of sensuous melodyand alas!Marie Tarnowska
- a Gypsy, esp a Hungarian one
- (as modifier)Tzigane music
C19: via French from Hungarian czigány Gypsy, of uncertain origin