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
C19: from Romany romani (adj) Gypsy, ultimately from Sanskrit domba man of a low caste of musicians, of Dravidian origin
"a gypsy, the Gypsy language," 1812, romani, fem. of romano (adj.) "Gypsy," from rom, the Gypsy word for "man, husband, male, Gypsy" (pl. roma), from Skt. domba-s "male member of a low caste of musicians."