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Gaelic

[gey-lik] /ˈgeɪ lɪk/
noun
1.
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.
adjective
2.
of or in Gaelic.
3.
of or pertaining to the Gaels or their language.
Origin
1590-1600
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for progaelic

Gaelic

/ˈɡeɪlɪk; ˈɡæl-/
noun
1.
any of the closely related languages of the Celts in Ireland, Scotland, or (formerly) the Isle of Man Compare Goidelic
adjective
2.
of, denoting, or relating to the Celtic people of Ireland, Scotland, or the Isle of Man or their language or customs
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Word Origin and History for progaelic

Gaelic

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

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