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Romany

[rom-uh-nee, roh-muh-] /ˈrɒm ə ni, ˈroʊ mə-/
noun, plural Romanies.
1.
Gypsy (def 2).
2.
Gypsies collectively.
3.
the Indic language of the Gypsies, its various forms differing greatly because of local influences.
adjective
4.
pertaining to Gypsies, their language, or their customs.
Also, Rommany, Romani.
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British Dictionary definitions for romanies

Romany

/ˈrɒmənɪ; ˈrəʊ-/
noun
1.
(pl) -nies, -nis
  1. another name for a Gypsy
  2. (as modifier) Romany customs
2.
the language of the Gypsies, belonging to the Indic branch of the Indo-European family, but incorporating extensive borrowings from local European languages. Most of its 250 000 speakers are bilingual. It is extinct in Britain
Word Origin
C19: from Romany romani (adj) Gypsy, ultimately from Sanskrit domba man of a low caste of musicians, of Dravidian origin
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Word Origin and History for romanies

Romany

n.

"a gypsy; the Gypsy language," 1812, romani, fem. of romano (adj.) "Gypsy," from rom, the Romany word for "man, husband, male, Gypsy" (plural roma), from Sanskrit domba-s ("with initial cerebral d, which confuses with r" [Klein]) "male member of a low caste of musicians."

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