[ geyl ]

  1. a Scottish Celt or Highlander.

  2. a Gaelic-speaking Celt.

Origin of Gael

1590–1600; <Scots Gaelic Gaidheal, Old Irish Goidel

Words Nearby Gael

Other definitions for Gael. (2 of 2)


  1. Gaelic. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Gael in a sentence

  • Legendary critic Gael Greene samples the now-banned fromage.

    Breast Milk Cheese | Gael Greene | March 9, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • With all the fiery enthusiasm of the Gael, he possessed to an unusual degree the caution of the Lowland Scot.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • Johnson flew to arms: he wrote one of his monumental letters; the opposition was quelled, and the Gael got his Bible.

    Obiter Dicta | Augustine Birrell
  • Something like the spectre of a smile appeared on the unsmiling visage of the Gael; and he made at least no movement of dissent.

    The Ball and The Cross | G.K. Chesterton
  • The fiery spirit of the Gael and the dogged endurance of the Lowlander had added new glory to the fighting fame of Scotland.

  • Poems ascribed to him are found in the "Wars of the Gael and Gall."

British Dictionary definitions for Gael


/ (ɡeɪl) /

  1. a person who speaks a Gaelic language, esp a Highland Scot or an Irishman

Origin of Gael

C19: from Gaelic Gaidheal; related to Old Irish goidel, Old Welsh gwyddel Irishman

Derived forms of Gael

  • Gaeldom, noun

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