- a party, gathering, or the like, at which dancing, singing, and storytelling are the usual forms of entertainment.
Origin of ceilidh
< Irish céilidhe, Scots Gaelic cèilidh, MIr célide, derivative of Old Irish céile companion
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Examples from the Web for ceilidh
As for the superstition of the tales of ceilidh and buaile-mhart I have little to say.John Splendid
The fire in the centre of the room was almost a necessity of the good old Ceilidh days.
At the evening ceilidh a competent reader of Gaelic can usually be found.Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Daniel Turner Holmes
They say these "ceilidh" are not yet altogether given up in Gairloch parish.Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire
John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
- (esp in Scotland and Ireland) an informal social gathering with folk music, singing, dancing, and storytelling
C19: from Gaelic
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Word Origin and History for ceilidh
1875, from Irish céilidhe, from Old Irish céle "companion," from PIE *kei-liyo-, from root *kei- "beloved, dear," primarily "to lie; bed, couch" (see cemetery).
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