Ro·​ma·​ni ˈrä-mə-nē How to pronounce Romani (audio)
variants or Romany
plural Romani or Romanis or Romanies
: a member of a traditionally itinerant people who originated in northern India and now live chiefly in Europe and in smaller numbers throughout the world : rom entry 1
Racist violence against Romani in eastern Europe is reminiscent of pogroms against the Jews in the Tsarist Empire.Donald Kenrick
Headlines in Europe this month have highlighted the continent's worst, and most ill-managed social problem: the treatment of millions of Romanies who face at best discrimination and at worst persecution.The Economist

Note: Romani people are also referred to as Gypsies, a term that is still frequently encountered in English but is increasingly regarded as offensive.

: the Indo-Aryan language of the Romani
Today Romani exists in many dialects, reflecting the paths of Rom dispersion.Carol Silverman
Others believe the source [of cushy] is more likely to be a different Indic language, Romany, where the word is kushto, "good."Jan Freeman
Romani adjective
or Romany
the Romani language
the Romani people

Examples of Romani in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Faith Pinho: This is exactly why some Romani women are turning away from the Romani kris. The Foretold Team, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2023 Catalan Police Arresting a Romani Couple, by Carlos Vázquez Úbeda, ventures into social realism, imagining a scene from the brutal roundup and execution of Romani ordered by the Spanish monarchy in 1749. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 14 May 2023 Lazio, the region where Rome is located, is also not well known for major wines above and beyond some of the simple whites from the Castelli Romani, often favored by the Pope. Liza B. Zimmerman, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 Overall, our genome-wide study sheds new light on the origins and demographic history of European Romani. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 9 Dec. 2012

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Word History


borrowed from Romani řomani, feminine of řomano "of the Roma," from řom "man, married man, male Rom" + -ano, adjective suffix (in reference to language by ellipsis from řomani čhib "Romani language") — more at rom entry 1

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Romani was in 1800

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Cite this Entry

“Romani.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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