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.
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- an·ti-Gael·ic, adjective
- non-Gael·ic, adjective
- pro-Gael·ic, adjective
- Gaelic , Gallic
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How to use Gaelic in a sentence
Auld lang syne” is Scottish-Gaelic for “old long since,” or, more idiomatically, “days gone by” or “time long past.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO) | Kevin Fallon | December 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Another was Greg Jacob, a pro rugby player for Gaelic Athletic Association.The X Factor of Sex Invades Britain: Rebecca More’s ‘Sex Tour’ Enrages UK Politicians | Marlow Stern | October 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even the words vodka and whiskey are derived from the same word: “water” in Slavic and Gaelic, respectively.
Even his mythological references came mostly from Greek and Gaelic legends.Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013: Accessible, Yes, and Beautiful | Jimmy So | August 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The most philosophical language is the Gaelic, which has no present tense—and the most useless.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
Late in the evening we hailed the Gaelic shoars, and hankered in the arbor of Balong sir-mare.Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush | William Makepeace Thackeray
The Mountain of the Mist, they say the words signify in the Gaelic tongue; and it is well named.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI | Robert Louis Stevenson
I have always thought of the shears by its Gaelic name, but it is past my power to spell it.The Red Cow and Her Friends | Peter McArthur
If you take a pair of shears, close and open them and then try to pronounce the sound you hear, you will have the Gaelic name.The Red Cow and Her Friends | Peter McArthur
British Dictionary definitions for Gaelic
any of the closely related languages of the Celts in Ireland, Scotland, or (formerly) the Isle of Man: Compare 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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