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Tzigane

[tsi-gahn] /tsɪˈgɑn/
adjective
1.
(often lowercase) of, consisting of, or pertaining to Gypsies:
Tzigane music.
noun
2.
a Gypsy, especially a Hungarian one.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < French tzigane, probably < Hungarian cigány, akin to German Zigeuner, Romanian ţigan, Serbo-Croatian cȉganin, Bulgarian tsíganin, all ultimately < Medieval Greek (a)tsínganos, earlier athínganos member of a heretical sect of Phrygia, perhaps literally, “untouchable, inviolable” (Greek a- a-6 + -thinganos, derivative of thingánein to touch)
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Tzigane

/tsɪˈɡɑːn; sɪ-/
noun
1.
  1. a Gypsy, esp a Hungarian one
  2. (as modifier): Tzigane music
Word Origin
C19: via French from Hungarian czigány Gypsy, of uncertain origin
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