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Gael

[geyl]
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noun
  1. a Scottish Celt or Highlander.
  2. a Gaelic-speaking Celt.

Origin of Gael

1590–1600; < Scots Gaelic Gaidheal, Old Irish Goidel

Gael.

or Gael

abbreviation
  1. Gaelic.
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Gael

noun
  1. a person who speaks a Gaelic language, esp a Highland Scot or an Irishman
Derived FormsGaeldom, 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

Gael

n.

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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