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Druid

[droo-id] /ˈdru ɪd/
noun, (often lowercase)
1.
a member of a pre-Christian religious order among the ancient Celts of Gaul, Britain, and Ireland.
Origin of Druid
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin druidae (plural) < Gaulish; replacing druide < French; compare Old Irish druí (nominative), druid (dative, accusative) wizard
Related forms
druidic, druidical, adjective
non-Druid, noun
nondruidic, adjective
nondruidical, adjective
subdruid, noun
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  • 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.

    Imogen 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
  • Said the Druid 'If he wants to live he will have to speak out his secret.

  • Meantime he and the Druid, under easy sail, waited the approach of the enemy.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • It was to order the Druid to crowd all sail and make the best of her way for the harbour.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • The Druid was so near that, unless becalmed, there appeared no doubt about her getting in.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for Druid

druid

/ˈdruːɪd/
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 Forms
druidess (ˈdruːɪdɪs) noun:feminine
druidic, druidical, adjective
druidry, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin druides, of Gaulish origin; compare Old Irish druid wizards
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Word Origin and History for Druid
n.

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.

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