Druid

[ droo-id ]
/ ˈdru ɪd /

noun (often lowercase)

a member of a pre-Christian religious order among the ancient Celts of Gaul, Britain, and Ireland.

Origin of Druid

1555–65; < Latin druidae (plural) < Gaulish; replacing druide < French; compare Old Irish druí (nominative), druid (dative, accusative) wizard

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British Dictionary definitions for druid

druid

/ (ˈdruːɪd) /

noun (sometimes capital)

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
Derived Formsdruidess (ˈdruːɪdɪs), fem ndruidic or druidical, adjectivedruidry, noun

Word Origin for druid

C16: from Latin druides, of Gaulish origin; compare Old Irish druid wizards

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Word Origin and History for druid

Druid

n.

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.

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