American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A Gypsy.
- n. The Indic language of the Gypsies. Also called Gypsy.
- adj. Of or relating to the Gypsies or their language or culture.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Gipsy.
- n. The language spoken by the Gipsies. Originally a dialect brought from India and allied to the Hindustani, it has been much corrupted by the tongues of the peoples among whom the Gipsies have sojourned. The corrupt broken dialect now used by British Gipsies is called by them posh-romany or romanes; the purer, “deep”
romanes. See Gipsy.
- Belonging or relating to the Romanies or Gipsies: as, Romany songs; a Romany custom.
- Also Roman.
- n. Alternative form of Romani (a member of the Roma people).
- n. Alternative form of Romani (a nomadic people with origins in India, the Roma).
- n. Alternative form of Romani (the Indo-Aryan language of this people).
- adj. Alternative form of Romani (of or belonging to the Roma nation).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A gypsy.
- n. The language spoken among themselves by the gypsies.
- adj. of or relating to the Gypsies or their language or culture
- n. 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)
- n. the Indic language of the Gypsies
- Romany romani, feminine of romano, gypsy, from rom, man, from Prakrit ḍoma, man of a low caste, of Dravidian origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In the course of his wanderings, generally on foot, he made a study of gipsy life, and wrote some charming books about the Romany tribes, his _Lavengro_ and _Romany”
“She learned that gypsies originally came from India centuries ago and still speak a language called Romany, which is related to the ancient Indian tongue, Sanskrit.”
“I gave him Hagar Burton's horoscope, written in Romany – the horoscope of my future.”
“Dago," as he called the Romany inwardly, there was still a bond between them.”
“The book was now in two volumes, and we see that the word Romany had dropped an 'm':”
“It therefore gives me the greatest pleasure to end these very inadequate words of mine with a beautiful little poem in Welsh Romany by Mr. Sampson upon the death of the “Tarno Rye.””
“I led unto it thus: -- My friend Professor Palmer and I had projected a volume of songs in English Romany or Gypsy, which is by far the sweetest and most euphonious language in Europe.”
“Capitalize references to the ethnic group or its members, also called Romany or Roma.”
“Borrow's genders are perversely incorrect'; and 'Romany' -- a word which can never get out of our language, let philologists say what they will -- should have been 'Romani.”
“Groome then turned to another of the performers, and was answered in English Romany.”
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