There is a wonderful movie called “Şatra”, original title: "Tabor ukhodit v nebo".

In my language the word ”şatră”, pronounced (ʃatrə) defines a group of gipsy families and is attributed only to gipsies.

I know that in English I can use the word clan or pride to define a group of interrelated families but I wonder if there is a specific word attributed only to gipsies like in my language.

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The word you are searching for good sir is the word Romani

In terms of the application of the word to describe a family or group you could correctly use the designation "Romani people/family/group" as it distinctly refers to the "Gypsy" people that inhabit a wide variety of countries.

As per my knowledge and research there is no word that is similar to "şatră" specifically describing a family unit in the gypsy culture.

This is the most i can do for you, I looked up the Romany language and I'll list out the words Romani/Gypsy and family for your convenience.

  • Familia - Family (Commonly used by French-Romanian Romani)
  • Romani - Gypsy/Romany

Hope it helps

  • Thanks :) Had a lot of fun researching and learning a bit about the Gypsy culture. Did you know they are actually of Indian origin at some point? I was just amazed.
    – Tushar
    Oct 9, 2014 at 11:06
  • Yes, I knew it. Actually the languages are related too. Oct 9, 2014 at 11:18
  • To some extent. I'm Indian too and I was dumbfounded for a minute or two. Just learning more interesting stuff everyday.
    – Tushar
    Oct 9, 2014 at 11:25
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    I'd like to add for those who don't know that the term Gypsy, although quite common, is generally considered a derogatory ethnic slur.
    – Era
    Jan 18, 2016 at 18:45
  • The shortened version, Roma, is often used. Also, they can be formally described as communities. ie. "The local Roma community" Jan 27, 2016 at 12:27

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