The remark “is totally going to lose him the Norman, Druid, Jute and Saracen vote,” one wit commented.
The spell of the Druid and his terrible chant have made a mist about your eyes.
Then, a solemn invocation was made to the gods by the Druid priests.
A judgment pronounced by Druid or king was supposed to be inspired by the deity.
To these must be added the Druid frigate, the sloop of war, and the Gnat.
In one of the earliest extant annals a Cruit, or stringed harp, is described as belonging to the Dashda, or Druid chieftain.
But nobody could get a modern policeman into the same picture with a Druid.
He wanted to rage into the Druid priests, to tear them apart with his bare hands.
Said the Druid 'If he wants to live he will have to speak out his secret.
Grotesque it may be with its knotted ornaments, Druid supports, yet in keeping with the woods behind it.
1560s, from French druide, from Latin druidae (plural), from Gaulish Druides, from Old Celtic *derwijes, probably representing Old Celtic derwos "true" and *dru- "tree" (especially oak) + *wid- "to know" (cf. vision). Hence, literally, perhaps, "they who know the oak" (perhaps in allusion to divination from mistletoe). Anglo-Saxon, too, used identical words to mean "tree" and "truth" (treow).
The English form comes via Latin, not immediately from Celtic. The Old Irish form was drui (dative and accusative druid; plural druad); Modern Irish and Gaelic draoi, genitive druadh "magician, sorcerer." Not to be confused with United Ancient Order of Druids, secret benefit society founded in London 1781.