- a member of a pre-Christian religious order among the ancient Celts of Gaul, Britain, and Ireland.
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.Mitt Romney Using U.K. Visit to Raise Money
July 26, 2012
Then, a solemn invocation was made to the gods by the Druid priests.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
Edwin heard the tale of the Druid with the deepest attention.Imogen
Did you not tell me, Wychecombe, that the Druid had sprung her foremast?
To these must be added the Druid frigate, the sloop of war, and the Gnat.
But nobody could get a modern policeman into the same picture with a Druid.A Miscellany of Men
G. K. Chesterton
- a member of an ancient order of priests in Gaul, Britain, and Ireland in the pre-Christian era
- a member of any of several modern movements attempting to revive druidism
Word Origin and History 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.