• synonyms


See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun (often lowercase)
  1. a member of a pre-Christian religious order among the ancient Celts of Gaul, Britain, and Ireland.

Origin of Druid

1555–65; < Latin druidae (plural) < Gaulish; replacing druide < French; compare Old Irish druí (nominative), druid (dative, accusative) wizard
Related formsdru·id·ic, dru·id·i·cal, adjectivenon-Dru·id, nounnon·dru·id·ic, adjectivenon·dru·id·i·cal, adjectivesub·dru·id, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for druid

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • Then, a solemn invocation was made to the gods by the Druid priests.

    Welsh Fairy Tales

    William Elliott Griffis

  • Edwin heard the tale of the Druid with the deepest attention.


    William Godwin

  • Did you not tell me, Wychecombe, that the Druid had sprung her foremast?

    The Two Admirals

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • To these must be added the Druid frigate, the sloop of war, and the Gnat.

    The Two Admirals

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • But nobody could get a modern policeman into the same picture with a Druid.

    A Miscellany of Men

    G. K. Chesterton

British Dictionary definitions for druid


noun (sometimes capital)
  1. a member of an ancient order of priests in Gaul, Britain, and Ireland in the pre-Christian era
  2. a member of any of several modern movements attempting to revive druidism
Derived Formsdruidess (ˈdruːɪdɪs), fem ndruidic or druidical, adjectivedruidry, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin druides, of Gaulish origin; compare Old Irish druid wizards
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for druid



1560s, from French druide, from Latin druidae (plural), from Gaulish Druides, from Old Celtic *derwijes, probably representing Old Celtic derwos "true" and *dru- "tree" (especially oak) + *wid- "to know" (cf. vision). Hence, literally, perhaps, "they who know the oak" (perhaps in allusion to divination from mistletoe). Anglo-Saxon, too, used identical words to mean "tree" and "truth" (treow).

The English form comes via Latin, not immediately from Celtic. The Old Irish form was drui (dative and accusative druid; plural druad); Modern Irish and Gaelic draoi, genitive druadh "magician, sorcerer." Not to be confused with United Ancient Order of Druids, secret benefit society founded in London 1781.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper