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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Celt of ancient Gaul.
  • n. A French person.
  • Formerly Gal·li·a (gălˈē-ä)Gaul 2 An ancient region of western Europe south and west of the Rhine River, west of the Alps, and north of the Pyrenees, corresponding roughly to modern-day France and Belgium. The Romans extended the designation to include northern Italy, particularly after Julius Caesar's conquest of the area in the Gallic Wars (58-51 B.C.).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A Roman-era region roughly corresponding to modern France and Belgium
  • n. A person from Gaul.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The Anglicized form of Gallia, which in the time of the Romans included France and Upper Italy (Transalpine and Cisalpine Gaul).
  • n. A native or inhabitant of Gaul.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See gowl, yowl.
  • n. An inhabitant of ancient Gaul, a country divided by the Alps into Cisalpine Gaul (northern Italy) and Transalpine Gaul (modern France, with Belgium and parts of Germany, of Switzerland, and of the Netherlands); specifically, a member of the Gallic or Celtic race, in distinction from other races settled in the same regions.—2. In modern use, a Frenchman: as, the lively Gaul.
  • n. etc. An obsolete or occasional spelling of gall, gall, etc.
  • n. A wooden pole or bar used as a lever.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Celt of ancient Gaul
  • n. an ancient region of western Europe that included what is now northern Italy and France and Belgium and part of Germany and the Netherlands
  • n. a person of French descent

Etymologies

From French Gaule ("Gaul"), from Middle French Gaule ("Gaul"), from Old French Gaule, Waulle ("Gaul"), a word used as a translation of Latin Gallia ("Gaul"), from Frankish *Walholant (“Gaul, Land of the Romans, foreigners”), from Frankish *Walha (“foreigners, Romans, Celts”), from Proto-Germanic *walhaz (“an outlander, foreigner, Celt”), probably of Celtic origin, from the same source as Latin Volcae ("name of a Celtic tribe in South Germany, which later emmigrated to Gaul"). Akin to Old High German Walh, Walah ("a Celt, Roman, Gaul"), Old English Wealh, Walh ("a non-Germanic foreigner, Celt/Briton/Welshman"), Old Norse Valir ("Gauls, Frenchmen"). More at Wales, Cornwall, Walloon. (Wiktionary)

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