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  • n. Plural of Rom.

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  • proper n. A nomadic people with origins in India, the Romani.
  • proper n. A subgroup of the Romani people found primary in Eastern Europe.
  • proper n. A variety of the Romani language (or occasionally) the Romani macrolanguage.
  • n. A Romani; a member of the Roma/Romani people.
  • adj. Romani: of or pertaining to the Roma people.
  • proper n. A variety of tomato.
  • proper n. Any of a number of places, including a city in Texas and a city in Queensland.
  • proper n. A female given name of English-speakers.
  • proper n. An Austronesian language of Indonesia.

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  • 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. capital and largest city of Italy; on the Tiber; seat of the Roman Catholic Church; formerly the capital of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Romany, pl. of rom, man; see Romany.

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Related to Romani Rom. Some scholars believe the name Roma may be related to the term Ḍombā, which is the designation of members of a low caste of traveling musicians and dancers in Kashmir. The names of the Lom and Dom are related.

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From Italian and Latin Roma ("Rome").


  • At times, it advocated secession of the north, which it calls Padania, and has always been anti-immigrant and resentful of southern Italians and Rome itself, which it called "Roma ladrona" - Rome the big thief.

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  • The minority in Slovakia prefers the name Roma, meaning "man" in Romany dialects.


  • He was grabbed a few blocks form his home in Roma on the way back from the abarrote.

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  • The French disdain and open hostility toward the gypsies, also known as Roma, is nothing new, and belies France's reputation as a stalwart of human rights with a history that goes all the way back to the French Revolution and the 1789 "Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen."

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  • As certain as Pyrgi signifies "towers," so certainly does _Roma_ signify "strength," and I believe that those are quite right who consider that the name Roma in this sense is not accidental.

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  • The name Roma has nothing to do with the name Romania ...

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  • Not to mention the ridiculous attempt to solve the Gypsy problem by using the neutral term Roma when the Gypsies in Hungary describe themselves as Gypsies.

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  • Mexicans and Czechs soon need a visa when visiting Czech visitors after hundreds of Roma from the Czech state sought asylum there over the past few months, the Czech Foreign Ministry said - Articles related to Ont. sets date for ban on driving with phones

  • So we use the terms Roma, Gipsies and Travellers to attempt to satisfy everyone in terms of the justified sensitivities surrounding ethnic self-ascription.

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