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 (rŏm′ə-nē, rō′mə-, rä′mə-)
n. & adj.
Variant of Romani.


(ˈrɒmənɪ; ˈrəʊ-) or


npl -nies or -nis
1. (Peoples)
a. another name for a Gypsy
b. (as modifier): Romany customs.
2. (Languages) the language of the Gypsies, belonging to the Indic branch of the Indo-European family, but incorporating extensive borrowings from local European languages. Most of its 250 000 speakers are bilingual. It is extinct in Britain
[C19: from Romany romani (adj) Gypsy, ultimately from Sanskrit domba man of a low caste of musicians, of Dravidian origin]


or Rom•a•ni

(ˈrɒm ə ni, ˈroʊ mə-)

1. the Indo-Aryan language traditionally spoken by the Gypsies, comprising a broad range of dialects.
2. the Gypsies collectively.
3. of or pertaining to the Gypsies or Romany.
[1805–15; < Romany, feminine of romano, adj. derivative of rom Rom]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Romany - a member of a people with dark skin and hair who speak Romany and who traditionally live by seasonal work and fortunetellingRomany - a member of a people with dark skin and hair who speak Romany and who traditionally live by seasonal work and fortunetelling; they are believed to have originated in northern India but now are living on all continents (but mostly in Europe, North Africa, and North America)
Indian - a native or inhabitant of India
gitana - a Spanish female Gypsy
gitano - a Spanish male Gypsy
2.Romany - the Indic language of the Gypsies
Sanskrit, Sanskritic language - (Hinduism) an ancient language of India (the language of the Vedas and of Hinduism); an official language of India although it is now used only for religious purposes
Adj.1.Romany - of or relating to the Gypsies or their language or culture; "Romani nomads"; "Romany folk songs"; "a Gypsy fortune-teller"
čigoniškasčigonųčigonų kalba


A. ADJgitano
B. N
1.gitano/a m/f
2. (Ling) → romaní m, lengua f gitana; (in Spain) → caló m


Roma mf
(Ling) → die Zigeunersprache (neg!), → Romani nt
adj language, cultureder Roma; Romany gypsyRom m, → Zigeuner(in) m(f) (neg!)


1. adjzingaresco/a
2. n (person) → zingaro/a; (language) → lingua degli zingari