cigány

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Hungarian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a Slavic language; compare Slovene cigan ‎(Gypsy), Serbo-Croatian Cȉgani ‎(Gypsies, plural). Ultimately from Byzantine Byzantine Greek τσιγγάνος ‎(tsingános, Gypsy), from a word meaning "untouchable".[1][2][3] Compare German Zigeuner, which is cognate.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈt͡siɡaːɲ/
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  • Hyphenation: ci‧gány

Adjective[edit]

cigány (comparative cigányabb, superlative legcigányabb)

  1. Gypsy
  2. (offensive) bad, worthless

Noun[edit]

cigány ‎(plural cigányok)

  1. Gypsy
  2. (singular only) the language of the Roma people : Romani

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2004, Viorel Achim, The Roma in Romanian History (Bucharest), page 9
  2. ^ 2007, Jean-Pierre Liégeois, Roma In Europe, page 17
  3. ^ 1993, Struggling for Ethnic Identity: The Gypsies of Hungary (published by Human Rights Watch), page 1