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Gaelic

[gey-lik] /ˈgeɪ lɪk/
noun
1.
a Celtic language that includes the speech of ancient Ireland and the dialects that have developed from it, especially those usually known as Irish, Manx, and Scottish Gaelic. Gaelic constitutes the Goidelic subbranch of Celtic.
adjective
2.
of or in Gaelic.
3.
of or relating to the Gaels or their language.
Origin of Gaelic
1590-1600
1590-1600; Gael + -ic (representing Scots Gaelic Gaidhlig, derivative of Gaidheal Gael)
Related forms
non-Gaelic, adjective
pro-Gaelic, adjective
Can be confused
Gaelic, Gallic.
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  • If you care to be an eavesdropper you must have a knowledge of Gaelic to be one effectively.

  • It was in that spirit that Marsh started the Gaelic class in Ballymartin.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • He began to speculate on the future of the countryside when the Gaelic revival was complete.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • "Dancing seems to be more popular than Gaelic," Henry replied.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • He was wondering why the interest in the Gaelic language was not so strong as the interest in the waltz.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • And you're not interested in anything but Ireland and the Gaelic movement.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • It is a matter of much regret that so few of his Gaelic poems are extant.

British Dictionary definitions for Gaelic

Gaelic

/ˈɡeɪlɪk; ˈɡæl-/
noun
1.
any of the closely related languages of the Celts in Ireland, Scotland, or (formerly) the Isle of Man Compare Goidelic
adjective
2.
of, denoting, or relating to the Celtic people of Ireland, Scotland, or the Isle of Man or their language or customs
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Word Origin and History for Gaelic

1774 (adj.); 1775 (n.), earlier Gathelik (1590s), from Gael (Scottish Gaidheal; see Gael) + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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