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[gey-lik] /ˈgeɪ lɪk/
a Celtic language that includes the speech of ancient Ireland and the dialects that have developed from it, especially those usually known as Irish, Manx, and Scots Gaelic. Gaelic constitutes the Goidelic subbranch of Celtic.
Abbreviation: Gael.
of or in Gaelic.
of or relating to the Gaels or their language.
Origin of Gaelic
1590-1600; Gael + -ic (representing Scots Gaelic Gaidhlig, derivative of Gaidheal Gael)
Related forms
non-Gaelic, adjective
pro-Gaelic, adjective
Can be confused
Gaelic, Gallic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for Gaelic
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  • The old house was called Balloch (Gaelic, bealach, “the outlet of a lake”).

  • If you care to be an eavesdropper you must have a knowledge of Gaelic to be one effectively.

  • Magraw, a Gaelic term of endearment, often heard on the baseball fields of Donnybrook.

  • He began to speculate on the future of the countryside when the Gaelic revival was complete.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • It contains poems in the Gaelic language by Oisin and others, collected in the Highlands.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • He was wondering why the interest in the Gaelic language was not so strong as the interest in the waltz.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • I know but one publication professedly on the subject of Gaelic grammar written by a Scotsman.

    Elements of Gaelic Grammar Alexander Stewart
British Dictionary definitions for Gaelic


/ˈɡeɪlɪk; ˈɡæl-/
any of the closely related languages of the Celts in Ireland, Scotland, or (formerly) the Isle of Man Compare Goidelic
of, denoting, or relating to the Celtic people of Ireland, Scotland, or the Isle of Man or their language or customs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Gaelic

1774 (adj.); 1775 (n.), earlier Gathelik (1590s), from Gael (Scottish Gaidheal; see Gael) + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Gaelic in Technology

For automated test programs. Used in military, essentially replaced by ATLAS.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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