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The Sleeping Gypsy (1897) by Henri Rousseau
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A Gypsy can refer to a Rom, member of the Roma. This term is considered pejorative by some, especially among the Roma themselves. It can also refer to a stateless people, whose communities, traditionally thought to have been originally from India, entered Europe in 14th or 15th century, and are now widely distributed over Europe, Russia, Turkey, the Americas.

Meaning

  1. a member of the Romani people.
  2. An itinerant person or any person suspected of making a living from dishonest practices or theft; a member of a nomadic people, not necessarily Romani; a carny.


Etymology

Earlier gipcyan, gyptian, short for Egyptian; when they first appeared in England in the sixteenth century they were believed to have come from Egypt.


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