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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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  • "There is a great meaning in this token amongst the youths and maidens of the Gael," said he.

    The Coming of Cuculain Standish O'Grady
  • Either he or his father had been a member of the Clan na Gael.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
  • The Gael, therefore, were of much less pure blood than the later-coming Britons.

    A History of England Charles Oman
  • Thus the Gael abhors the very roads that lead to a plague-struck dwelling.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • Or rather, let us find a definition which may suit both branches of the Celtic family, the Cymri as well as the Gael.

    Celtic Literature Matthew Arnold
  • 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
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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