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From the Hungarian cigány, which entered English via French. The Hungarian derives from Byzantine Greek τσιγγάνος (tsingános, "Gypsy"). Cognate to Italian zigano and Spanish cíngaro. More broadly, also cognate to German Zigeuner, Italian zingaro, Portuguese cigano, Polish Cygan, Czech Cikán, Russian цыган.


  • A handsome man with a white streak in his hair and a woman dressed as flamboyantly as a tzigane stepped out of the car.

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  • Nearly all of the small, round tables, crowded too close for comfort, were taken, and the loud chatter of men and women, the handling of dishes, the going and coming of waiters, the more or less labored efforts of a _tzigane_ orchestra -- all this made a hubbub as loud as that in the busy street without.

    The Easiest Way A Story of Metropolitan Life


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