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[key-lee] /ˈkeɪ li/
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.
Origin of ceilidh
< Irish céilidhe, Scots Gaelic cèilidh, MIr célide, derivative of Old Irish céile companion Unabridged
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(esp in Scotland and Ireland) an informal social gathering with folk music, singing, dancing, and storytelling
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C19: from Gaelic
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Word Origin and History for ceilidh

1875, from Irish céilidhe, from Old Irish céle "companion," from PIE *kei-liyo-, from root *kei- "beloved, dear," primarily "to lie; bed, couch" (see cemetery).

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