noun Irish, Scot., and Canadian (chiefly Prince Edward Island) .
a party, gathering, or the like, at which singing and storytelling are the usual forms of entertainment.

< Irish céilidhe, Scots Gaelic cèilidh, MIr célide, derivative of Old Irish céile companion

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ceilidh (ˈkeɪlɪ)
(esp in Scotland and Ireland) an informal social gathering with folk music, singing, dancing, and storytelling
[C19: from Gaelic]

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1875, from Ir. ceilidhe, from O.Ir. ceile "companion."
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