gallowglass

[ gal-oh-glas, -glahs ]
/ ˈgæl oʊˌglæs, -ˌglɑs /

noun Irish History.

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galloglass

or gal·low·glass

[ gal-oh-glas, -glahs ]
/ ˈgæl oʊˌglæs, -ˌglɑs /

noun Irish History.

a follower and supporter of or a soldier owing allegiance to an Irish chief.

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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Examples from the Web for gallowglass

  • The kern or cateran of the Highlands was a light-armed infantryman, as opposed to the heavy-armed "gallowglass."

    Lady of the Lake|Sir Walter Scott

British Dictionary definitions for gallowglass

galloglass

gallowglass

/ (ˈɡæləʊˌɡlɑːs) /

noun

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

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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