One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A Gypsy, especially a man or boy.
- ‘The young married person becomes a Rom (male adult Roma) or a Romni (female adult Roma).’
- ‘The position in the Czech Republic is such that it will in our view be impossible for a Rom or anyone who has suffered as a result of discrimination against Roma to establish a well-founded fear of persecution.’
2as plural noun RomaGypsy people collectively.
- ‘Accordingly, if there is a visitor of Roma or non-Roma ethnic origin, the immigration officer will have to decide whether or not the eligibility criteria are met.’
- ‘By the 1930s the Rom group of Gypsy Americans virtually controlled the business of fortune-telling.’
- ‘Whilst interviewing a news reporter and producer about their experiences, I was surprised to hear the extent of the devastation of the Roma populations in northern Kosovo and especially around Mitrovicia.’
- ‘The fear of wrong-mixing metaphorically reflects the problems experienced by the Rom in maintaining a moral divide between themselves and non-Gypsy outsiders, with whom they must engage on a daily basis for survival.’
Mid 19th century: Romany, ‘man, husband’.
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