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[geyl] /geɪl/
a Scottish Celt or Highlander.
a Gaelic-speaking Celt.
Origin of Gael
1590-1600; < Scots Gaelic Gaidheal, Old Irish Goidel


or Gael

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  • Either he or his father had been a member of the Clan na Gael.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
  • Thus the Gael abhors the very roads that lead to a plague-struck dwelling.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • Paper and ink will be the Gael's undoing; my mother taught me, and my mother knew.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • May it not be that the ends they struggled for were ends never intended for the Gael?

    Six days of the Irish Republic Louis Redmond-Howard
  • It is he would have got leave for the Gael to be as high as the Gall.

  • Furiously the Gael thrashed with the sword, closing up too far on his opponent.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
British Dictionary definitions for Gael


a person who speaks a Gaelic language, esp a Highland Scot or an Irishman
Derived Forms
Gaeldom, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Gaelic Gaidheal; related to Old Irish goidel, Old Welsh gwyddel Irishman
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Word Origin and History for Gael

1810, from Scottish Gaelic Gaidheal "member of the Gaelic race," corresponding to Old Irish Goidhel (cf. Latin Gallus). The native name in both Ireland and Scotland, Gael was first used in English exclusively of Scottish Highlanders.

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