noun (often lowercase)
Origin of Druid
Examples from the Web for druid
The remark “is totally going to lose him the Norman, Druid, Jute and Saracen vote,” one wit commented.
It was an excellent joke to both parties, though, like the Druid shield, it was seen from different points of view.Brave Old Salt|Oliver Optic
And when the Tuatha de Danaan saw them coming, they put the Druid mist about themselves again and made away.Gods and Fighting Men|Lady I. A. Gregory
In early Britain the Druid priests held absolute sway over the destinies of souls.The Harris-Ingram Experiment|Charles E. Bolton
noun (sometimes capital)
Word Origin for druid
1560s, from French druide, from Latin druidae (plural), from Gaulish Druides, from Old Celtic *derwijes, probably representing Old Celtic derwos "true" and *dru- "tree" (especially oak) + *wid- "to know" (cf. vision). Hence, literally, perhaps, "they who know the oak" (perhaps in allusion to divination from mistletoe). Anglo-Saxon, too, used identical words to mean "tree" and "truth" (treow).
The English form comes via Latin, not immediately from Celtic. The Old Irish form was drui (dative and accusative druid; plural druad); Modern Irish and Gaelic draoi, genitive druadh "magician, sorcerer." Not to be confused with United Ancient Order of Druids, secret benefit society founded in London 1781.