[ tsi-gahn ]
/ tsɪˈgɑn /


(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

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British Dictionary definitions for tzigane

/ (tsɪˈɡɑːn, sɪ-) /


  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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