ceilidh

[key-lee]
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noun Irish, Scot., and Canadian (chiefly Prince Edward Island ).

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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ceilidh

noun

(esp in Scotland and Ireland) an informal social gathering with folk music, singing, dancing, and storytelling

Word Origin for ceilidh

C19: from Gaelic
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Word Origin and History for ceilidh
n.

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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