Romany Chal
(Chel)
   The name of a clan, sometimes used as self-ascription by Gypsies in England and Scandinavia. In France- in the form romanichel-it has become a pejorative term. Chal is possibly a loan from Hungarian csalad (family).

Historical dictionary of the Gypsies . .

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  • Romani Chel —    See Romany Chal …   Historical dictionary of the Gypsies

  • Romnichal — (or Romanichal) is a neologism by which groups of Roma people (often known as Gypsies) found in some parts of the United Kingdom, notably England, refer to themselves in their own language, Anglo Romany. The word Romnichal derives from Romani… …   Wikipedia

  • gypsy, gipsy — ▶ noun ROMANY, Rom, chal, gitano, gitana, tzigane; traveller, nomad, rover, roamer, wanderer; dialect didicoi; Brit. derogatory tinker …   Useful english dictionary

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