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Gaelic

[ gey-lik ]
/ ˈgeɪ lɪk /
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noun

a Celtic language that includes the speech of ancient Ireland and the dialects that have developed from it, especially those usually known as Irish, Manx, and Scottish Gaelic. Gaelic constitutes the Goidelic subbranch of Celtic.

adjective

of or in Gaelic.
of or relating to the Gaels or their language.

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Origin of Gaelic

1590–1600; Gael + -ic (representing Scots Gaelic Gaidhlig, derivative of Gaidheal Gael)
Related formsnon-Gael·ic, adjectivepro-Gael·ic, adjective
Can be confusedGaelic Gallic
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British Dictionary definitions for gaelic

Gaelic

/ (ˈɡeɪlɪk, ˈɡæl-) /

noun

any of the closely related languages of the Celts in Ireland, Scotland, or (formerly) the Isle of ManCompare Goidelic

adjective

of, denoting, or relating to the Celtic people of Ireland, Scotland, or the Isle of Man or their language or customs
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Word Origin and History for gaelic

Gaelic


1774 (adj.); 1775 (n.), earlier Gathelik (1590s), from Gael (Scottish Gaidheal; see Gael) + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper