tzi·​gane | \ (t)sē-ˈgän How to pronounce tzigane (audio) \
plural tziganes

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Recent Examples on the Web The Romanèses, who originally came from Romania, are part of a Roma community (Alexandre Romanès, the patriarch of the family, prefers the term tzigane) that is often the object of stigmatization in French society. Paméla Rougerie, New York Times, "A Roma Circus Makes a Home, and Builds Bridges, in Paris," 11 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of tzigane

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tzigane

French, from Hungarian cigány

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“Tzigane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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