Meaning of Roumi in English:


Pronunciation /ˈruːmi/


(also Roomee)
  • In Arabic-speaking countries: a non-Muslim European male; (formerly) specifically one from the European territories of the Ottoman Empire.


Late 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Eden (c1520–1576), translator. From Ottoman Turkish rūmi (Turkish rumi), Persian rūmī inhabitant of the Ottoman Empire, and their etymon Arabic rūmī (noun) inhabitant of the Byzantine Empire or (in later use) of Greece, member of the Greek Orthodox Church, also (in extended use) foreigner in general, use as noun of rūmī (adjective) Byzantine, Greek, Greek Orthodox from rūm (collective noun) the inhabitants of the Byzantine Empire collectively (from Byzantine Greek Ῥώμη Constantinople) + -ī.