mid-12c., from Old Irish céle de "anchorite," from cele "associate, companion," sometimes "servant" (cf. ceilidh) + de "of God." Perhaps an attempt to translate Servus Dei or some other Latin term for "religious hermit."

Nearby words

  1. cul8r,
  2. culbertson,
  3. culbertson, ely,
  4. culch,
  5. culchie,
  6. culdocentesis,
  7. culdoplasty,
  8. culdoscope,
  9. culdoscopy,
  10. culebra cut

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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