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noun, plural sídhe [shee] /ʃi/. Irish Folklore.
  1. a mound or hill in which fairies live.
  2. a fairy.
  3. sídhe, the race of fairies.
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Origin of sídh

1785–95; < Irish; MIr síd, síth fairy mound; cf. banshee
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Historical Examples of sidhe

  • To return, however, to the Sidhe people of the British Islands.

    The Testimony of Tradition

    David MacRitchie

  • The Sidhe have been, like the Angels, from before the making of the earth.

  • These are the Sidhe, or people of the hill, the noblest among these mysterious folk.


    Mary Gorges

  • Sidhe is also Gaelic for wind, and certainly the Sidhe have much to do with the wind.

    The Wind Among the Reeds

    William Butler Yeats

  • I asked a countryman who was with me what hill that was, and he told me it was Cruachmaa of the Sidhe.

    Ideas of Good and Evil

    William Butler Yeats

British Dictionary definitions for sidhe


pl n the sidhe
  1. the inhabitants of fairyland; fairies
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Word Origin for sidhe

C18: from Irish Gaelic aos sídhe people of the fairy mound; compare banshee
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Word Origin and History for sidhe


"the hills of the fairies," 1793; but in Yeats, "the fairie folk" (1899), elipsis of Irish (aos) sidhe "people of the faerie mound" (cf. second element in banshee).

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