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Gaelic

[ gey-lik, gol-ik ]
/ ˈgeɪ lɪk, ˈgɒl ɪk /
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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

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

OTHER WORDS FROM Gaelic

non-Gael·ic, adjectivepro-Gael·ic, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH Gaelic

Gaelic , 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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