Definitions

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

  • noun Used as a disparaging term for one who is not Romani.

Etymologies

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

[Romani, perhaps from Prakrit *gājjha-, domestic (as opposed to itinerant), ultimately from Sanskrit gr̥haḥ, house; see gher- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • Peerless; a gadjo pearl, the Tsingani had called Imriel de la Courcel.

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  • New York who was married to one and spoke Romanes herself (a rare accomplishment for a gadjo); she found the use of "Roma" by outsiders bizarre, and always spoke of "Gypsies" and said those she knew did the same in English.

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  • “There was such a boy, a gadjo pearl, with black hair and eyes like the deep sea.

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