Tzigane

[ tsi-gahn ]
/ tsɪˈgɑn /

adjective

(often lowercase) of, consisting of, or pertaining to the Roma: Tzigane music.

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for Tzigane

Tzigane
/ (tsɪˈɡɑːn, sɪ-) /

noun

  1. a Gypsy, esp a Hungarian one
  2. (as modifier)Tzigane music

Word Origin for Tzigane

C19: via French from Hungarian czigány Gypsy, of uncertain origin
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