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  1. the extinct, Celtic language of ancient Gaul.
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  1. of or relating to ancient Gaul, its inhabitants, or their language.
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Origin of Gaulish

First recorded in 1650–60; Gaul + -ish1
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Examples from the Web for gaulish

Historical Examples of gaulish

  • To dine in company with more than two is a Gaulish and German thing.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems

    Walter Savage Landor

  • Nearly all the old Gaulish fables had their origin in this province.

  • It is Gaulish, tinged with the wit of a limb of the law and with jovial grossness.

  • A year after this night Cæsar had put an end to Gaulish liberty.

    The Spell of Belgium

    Isabel Anderson

  • Some confess a preference for a Gaulish recital of the times when Csar went to Britain.


    James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for gaulish


  1. the extinct language of the pre-Roman Gauls, belonging to the Celtic branch of the Indo-European family
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  1. of or relating to ancient Gaul, the Gauls, or their language
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Word Origin and History for gaulish


1650s (adj.); 1660s (n.), from Gaul + -ish.

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