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or gal·low·glass

[gal-oh-glas, -glahs]
noun Irish History.
  1. a follower and supporter of or a soldier owing allegiance to an Irish chief.
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Origin of galloglass

1505–15; < Irish gallóglách, equivalent to gall a stranger, foreigner + óglach a youth, soldier, servant, derivative of Old Irish óac, óc young
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Historical Examples of galloglass

  • Galloglass, gal′lo-glas, n. a soldier or armed retainer of a chief in ancient Ireland and other Celtic countries.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)


British Dictionary definitions for galloglass



  1. a heavily armed mercenary soldier, originally Hebridean (Gaelic-Norse), maintained by Irish and some other Celtic chiefs from about 1235 to the 16th century
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Word Origin for galloglass

C16: from Irish Gaelic gallóglach, from gall foreigner + óglach, young warrior-servant, from og young + -lach a noun suffix
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