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Romany

Line breaks: Ro¦many
Pronunciation: /ˈrəʊməni
 
, ˈrɒm-/
(also Romani)

Definition of Romany in English:

noun (plural Romanies)

1 [mass noun] The language of the Gypsies, which is an Indo-European language related to Hindi. It is spoken by a dispersed group of about 1 million people, and has many dialects.
Example sentences
  • Gypsies speak Romany, an Indic language of the Indo-European language family.
  • And they would come there and they'd come from deep in Asia over centuries and centuries, and they spoke their own language, Romany, which had a heavy Indian influence.
  • Carl continued muttering in both English and Romany as they headed out the door.
2A Gypsy.
Example sentences
  • We do not consider these people to be gypsies or traditional Romanies but little more than itinerant workers.
  • True gypsies, or Romanies, were perceived and defined as a separate nomadic people possessing their own language, customs, and beliefs.
  • It's a shame if these people give Romanies and the genuine traveller a bad name.

adjective

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Relating to Gypsies or their language.
Example sentences
  • The title is taken from the Romany language of the Gypsies meaning ‘wherever.’
  • Gypsies came from northern India and adopted a wandering life-style, keeping their Romany language and traditions.
  • Two Gypsies were shrieking Romany imprecations at each other, struggling for possession of a huge crystal ball.

Origin

early 19th century: from Romany Romani, feminine and plural of the adjective Romano, from Rom 'man, husband' (see Rom).

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