Uncertain. Possibly a substratum word of Dacian and ultimately Indo-European origin, related to Albanian sorrë, or borrowed from it; compare Aromanian cioarã, tsoarã. Also seemingly related to several Italian dialect cognates, compare Friulian çore, Calabrian ciola, Neapolitan ciàula, Sicilian ciaula and Tarantino ciola.
cioară f (plural ciori)
- (slang, derogatory) slur for a dark-skinned person, especially a Roma/Gypsy/Bohemian. Less usual, a slur for Negro