Gaelic

[gey-lik]
noun
  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.
adjective
  1. of or in Gaelic.
  2. of or relating to the Gaels or their language.

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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Examples from the Web for gaelic

Contemporary Examples of gaelic

Historical Examples of gaelic

  • If you care to be an eavesdropper you must have a knowledge of Gaelic to be one effectively.

  • It was in that spirit that Marsh started the Gaelic class in Ballymartin.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • He began to speculate on the future of the countryside when the Gaelic revival was complete.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • "Dancing seems to be more popular than Gaelic," Henry replied.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • He was wondering why the interest in the Gaelic language was not so strong as the interest in the waltz.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine


British Dictionary definitions for gaelic

Gaelic

noun
  1. any of the closely related languages of the Celts in Ireland, Scotland, or (formerly) the Isle of ManCompare Goidelic
adjective
  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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Word Origin and History for gaelic

Gaelic

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

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