[ gey-lik, gol-ik ]

  1. 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.

  1. of or in Gaelic.

  2. of or relating to the Gaels or their language.

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Origin of Gaelic

First recorded in 1590–1600; Gael + -ic (representing Scots Gaelic Gaidhlig, derivative of Gaidheal Gael)

Other words from Gaelic

  • an·ti-Gael·ic, adjective
  • non-Gael·ic, adjective
  • pro-Gael·ic, adjective

Words that may be confused with Gaelic

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

How to use Gaelic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Gaelic


/ (ˈɡeɪlɪk, ˈɡæl-) /

  1. any of the closely related languages of the Celts in Ireland, Scotland, or (formerly) the Isle of Man: Compare Goidelic

  1. 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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