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Gael

[geyl] /geɪl/
noun
1.
a Scottish Celt or Highlander.
2.
a Gaelic-speaking Celt.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Scots Gaelic Gaidheal, Old Irish Goidel
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British Dictionary definitions for gaels

Gael

/ɡeɪl/
noun
1.
a person who speaks a Gaelic language, esp a Highland Scot or an Irishman
Derived Forms
Gaeldom, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Gaelic Gaidheal; related to Old Irish goidel, Old Welsh gwyddel Irishman
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Word Origin and History for gaels

Gael

n.

1810, from Scottish Gaelic Gaidheal "member of the Gaelic race," corresponding to Old Irish Goidhel (cf. Latin Gallus). The native name in both Ireland and Scotland, Gael was first used in English exclusively of Scottish Highlanders.

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