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n. pl. gad·je (-jə) Offensive
Used as a disparaging term for one who is not Romani.

[Romani, perhaps from Prakrit *gājjha-, domestic (as opposed to itinerant), ultimately from Sanskrit gr̥haḥ, house; see gher- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -jos
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a non-ethnic Romany
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) an ethnic Romany who does not follow the Romany code
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Like many Roma folk in Romania, she spent her younger years trying to integrate with the gadje (non-Roma) and so hid her ethnicity and heritage.
PNNThe French musical group Swing Gadje rounded up a successful two-week visit to Palestine with ten performances, including a show in Bethlehem's Aida refugee camp.
"You claim to be different from the gadje, but you aren't.
"I know, Ada, you like this Jewish tradition and dance stuff and you have a thing about suffering, but seriously, a Gadje girl like you should have been born a Roma.
Gypsies, Gadje (non-gypsies) and local Camargue gardiens enjoy Flamenco, Carpathian melodies and Manouche jazz.
Because Gypsies were shut out of most professions, they developed a fear and mistrust of non-Gypsies, whom they call gadje. Many Gypsies resorted to begging and stealing to survive.
Non-Gypsies, known as Gorgio or Gadje by Roma, usually identify the Roma by their nomadic traditions and marginal lifestyle rather than as a distinct ethnic group.