Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of a people that arrived in Europe in migrations from northern India around the 14th century, now also living in the Americas and Australia. Many Romani groups have preserved elements of their traditional culture, including an itinerant existence and the Romani language.
  • noun The Indic language of the Romani.
  • adjective Of or relating to the Romani or their language or culture.

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  • proper noun A nomadic people with origins in India, the Roma.
  • proper noun The Indo-Aryan lect of the Roma people, or one of its sublects (such as Roma, Sinti, Romanichal, etc), closely related to Hindi and Rajasthani.
  • noun A member of the Roma people.
  • adjective Of or belonging to the Roma people.

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  • adjective of or relating to the Gypsies or their language or culture
  • noun 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)

Etymologies

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

[Romani romani, feminine of romano, from rom, man, from Prakrit ḍoma, man of a low caste, of Dravidian origin.]

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From Romani romani, feminine form of romano ("of or pertaining to the Roma"), from rom ("man"). See also Roma.

Examples

  • Romani, Imperium Populi Romani, Fortuna Populi Romani_, glitter out of the voluminous periods with a splendour that hardly any other words could give.

    Latin Literature

  • Romani is spoken overwhelming in Europe despite non-European diapora populations.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » European Languages Outside Europe

  • Most-Híd launched a billboard campaign against the language law with billboards stating in Hungarian, Romani, and also in Slovak dialects spoken in some regions of Slovakia: "Who cares what language I speak, I want work", adding that the real problem is the number of unemployed in Slovakia which has now reached 350,000.

    Slovak Spectator

  • This title of Our Lady, which has become known throughout the world through the Schönstatt movement which adopted this devotion, has its origin in the Colloquium Marianum founded by Fr Jakob Rem in Ingolstadt (diocese of Eichstätt) in 1595 (read more about its origin and history here), and it was in Ingolstadt Minster, where the image of the Mater Ter Admirabilis, originally a copy of the Salus Populi Romani, is venerated, that Bishop Hanke renewed the consecration.

    The Mater Ter Admirabilis

  • By July, 1916, our railway had reached the village of Romani, which is some 25 miles from Kantara, and is in the neighbourhood of Oghratina and Katia, where the enemy had secured his success in April.

    With the British Army in The Holy Land

  • They still speak their own language, Romani, which is related to Hindi, and keep a number of cultural practices that set them apart from mainstream Europe.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • They still speak their own language, Romani, which is related to Hindi, and keep a number of cultural practices that set them apart from mainstream Europe.

    StarTribune.com rss feed

  • They still speak their own language, Romani, which is related to Hindi, and keep a number of cultural practices that set them apart from mainstream Europe.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • They still speak their own language, Romani, which is related to Hindi, and keep a number of cultural practices that set them apart from mainstream Europe.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • They still speak their own language, Romani, which is related to Hindi, and keep a number of cultural practices that set them apart from mainstream Europe.

    The Seattle Times

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