(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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for tzigane

nomad, bohemian, vagrant, sharper, roamer, zingara, zingaro

Examples from the Web for tzigane

Historical Examples of 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

    Annie Vivanti

British Dictionary definitions for tzigane



  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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