Definitions for gaelicˈgeɪ lɪk

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Gaelic, Goidelic, Erse(adj)

    any of several related languages of the Celts in Ireland and Scotland

  2. Celtic, Gaelic(adj)

    relating to or characteristic of the Celts


  1. Gaelic(Adjective)

    Of or relating to the Gaels, the Celtic peoples of Scotland, Ireland, and the Manx, or their languages.

  2. Gaelic(ProperNoun)

    Goidelic; any Goidelic language.

  3. Gaelic(ProperNoun)

    Scottish Gaelic.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gaelic(adj)

    of or pertaining to the Gael, esp. to the Celtic Highlanders of Scotland; as, the Gaelic language

  2. Gaelic(noun)

    the language of the Gaels, esp. of the Highlanders of Scotland. It is a branch of the Celtic

  3. Origin: [Gael. Gidhealach, Gaelach, from Gidheal, Gael, a Scotch Highlander.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Gaelic

    A language originating in Ireland, written and spoken as a first language and second language in Ireland, Scotland and other neighboring islands.

    Gaelic is spoken as a first language by a number of Irish people, and as a second language taught in schools and written and spoken by a larger group of people. All road signs in the Republic of Ireland and bilingual in Irish and English.


  1. Irish

    Irish, sometimes referred to as Gaelic or Irish Gaelic, is a Goidelic language of the Indo-European languages family, originating in Ireland and historically spoken by the Irish people. Irish is spoken as a first language by a small minority of Irish people, and as a second language by a rather larger group. Irish enjoys constitutional status as the national and first official language of the Republic of Ireland, and is an officially recognised minority language in Northern Ireland. It is also among official languages of the European Union. The public body Foras na Gaeilge is responsible for the promotion of the language throughout the island of Ireland. Irish was the predominant language of the Irish people for most of their recorded history, and they brought it with them to other regions, notably Scotland and the Isle of Man, where through earlier branching from Middle Irish it gave rise to Scottish Gaelic and Manx respectively. It has the oldest vernacular literature in Western Europe. The fate of the language was influenced by the increasing power of the English state in Ireland.

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