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[droo-id] /ˈdru ɪd/
noun, (often lowercase)
a member of a pre-Christian religious order among the ancient Celts of Gaul, Britain, and Ireland.
Origin of Druid
1555-65; < Latin druidae (plural) < Gaulish; replacing druide < French; compare Old Irish druí (nominative), druid (dative, accusative) wizard
Related forms
druidic, druidical, adjective
non-Druid, noun
nondruidic, adjective
nondruidical, adjective
subdruid, noun Unabridged
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  • The spell of the Druid and his terrible chant have made a mist about your eyes.

    Imaginations and Reveries (A.E.) George William Russell
  • Said the Druid 'If he wants to live he will have to speak out his secret.

  • A judgment pronounced by Druid or king was supposed to be inspired by the deity.

    Ancient Man in Britain Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
  • Meantime he and the Druid, under easy sail, waited the approach of the enemy.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • In one of the earliest extant annals a Cruit, or stringed harp, is described as belonging to the Dashda, or Druid chieftain.

    The Story Of Ireland Emily Lawless
  • The Druid was so near that, unless becalmed, there appeared no doubt about her getting in.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • He wanted to rage into the Druid priests, to tear them apart with his bare hands.

    Day of the Druid Knut Enferd
  • Then, a solemn invocation was made to the gods by the Druid priests.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • Grotesque it may be with its knotted ornaments, Druid supports, yet in keeping with the woods behind it.

    Concord Days A. Bronson Alcott
British Dictionary definitions for Druid


noun (sometimes capital)
a member of an ancient order of priests in Gaul, Britain, and Ireland in the pre-Christian era
a member of any of several modern movements attempting to revive druidism
Derived Forms
druidess (ˈdruːɪdɪs) noun:feminine
druidic, druidical, adjective
druidry, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin druides, of Gaulish origin; compare Old Irish druid wizards
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Word Origin and History for Druid

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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