Main definitions of rom in English

: Rom1ROM2

Rom1

noun

  • 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.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: Romany, ‘man, husband’.

Pronunciation

Rom

/rɒm/

Main definitions of rom in English

: Rom1ROM2

ROM2

Computing
  • Read-only memory.

Pronunciation

ROM

/rɒm/