[ gey-lik ]
/ ˈgeɪ lɪk /


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.


of or in Gaelic.
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 forms

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

Can be confused

Gaelic Gallic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gaelic


/ (ˈɡeɪlɪk, ˈɡæl-) /


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


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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