One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Hungarian Gypsy.as modifier ‘tzigane musicians’
nomadic, itinerant, peripatetic, migratory, migrating, wandering, roaming, roving, wayfaring, rambling, touring, drifting, floating, unsettled, restless, on the move, on the go, on the wingView synonyms
- ‘Then back to the city and its vivid smells, the wail of tzigane orchestras, the little dancer of the Orpheum - what was her name?’
- ‘‘It does sound a bit tzigane [French for Roma Gypsies],’ Arbez concedes. ‘You don't know whether it's happy or unhappy.’’
Mid 18th century: from French, from Hungarian c(z)igány.
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