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[rom-uh-nee, roh-muh-] /ˈrɒm ə ni, ˈroʊ mə-/
noun, plural Romanies.
Gypsy (def 2).
Gypsies collectively.
the Indic language of the Gypsies, its various forms differing greatly because of local influences.
pertaining to Gypsies, their language, or their customs.
Also, Rommany, Romani. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Romany
Historical Examples
  • A croaking voice announced that the queen was inside her Arab tent, and she was crooning some Romany song.

    Red Money Fergus Hume
  • I found the Romany party waiting for me, and everything in readiness for departing.

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
  • But no—what was there strange in the man being a Romany and playing the fiddle?

  • How he stared when I spoke to him in Romany, and offered to help him carry it!

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • The Romany Rest was one of the prettiest conceits, and though an idealised gypsy encampment, it proved a very popular attraction.

    Patty's Summer Days Carolyn Wells
  • There was a bark of a dog, and a voice said, “The Romany rye!”

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • The waiter withdrew, and I said to the jockey, ‘How did you become acquainted with the Romany chals?’

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
  • And when alone with the sybil, she began to talk to him in Romany.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • Had Borrow been alluding to the Romany taboo of the names of the dead, how differently would he have gone to work!

    Old Familiar Faces Theodore Watts-Dunton
  • I need not give the Romany which was spoken, but will simply translate.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
British Dictionary definitions for Romany


/ˈrɒmənɪ; ˈrəʊ-/
(pl) -nies, -nis
  1. another name for a Gypsy
  2. (as modifier): Romany customs
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Romany

"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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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