GAELS

Gael

[geyl]
noun
1.
a Scottish Celt or Highlander.
2.
a Gaelic-speaking Celt.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Scots Gaelic Gaidheal, Old Irish Goidel

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Gael (ɡeɪl)
 
n
a person who speaks a Gaelic language, esp a Highland Scot or an Irishman
 
[C19: from Gaelic Gaidheal; related to Old Irish goidel, Old Welsh gwyddel Irishman]
 
'Gaeldom
 
n

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Gael
1810, from Scottish Gaelic Gaidheal "member of the Gaelic race," from O.Ir. Goidhel. The native name in both Ireland and Scotland, Gael was first used in English exclusively of Scottish Highlanders.
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