Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to Wales or its people, language, or culture.
  • n. The people of Wales.
  • n. The Celtic language of Wales. Also called Cymric.

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  • proper n. A surname for someone who was a Welshman or a Celt.
  • proper n. A breed of pig, kept mainly for bacon.

Etymologies

Middle English Walische, from Old English Wælisc, from Wealh, foreigner, Welshman, Celt, perhaps of Celtic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English wīlisc, wylisc, from Proto-Germanic *walhiskaz (“Celt; later Roman”) (compare Dutch waals ("Walloon"), German (Swiss) welsch ("French; Romansch"), Danish vælsk ("French, Italian, southern European")), from *walhaz (“Celt”) (compare Old English wealh), probably from Gaulish tribal name Volcae (recorded only in Latin contexts), from volcos ("agile") (compare Old Irish folg ("agile, energetic")). This word was borrowed from Germanic into Slavic (compare Old Church Slavonic влахъ (vlachŭ, "Vlachs, Romanians"), Byzantine Greek Βλάχος (Bláchos)). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Colonel A---- baiting for the first time in his life at a Welsh inn, thought he would order for his dinner, a dish which _must_ be perfection in its own country: viz. a _Welsh rabbit_.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 14, No. 390, September 19, 1829

  • In 1911, two of Miss Marks's one-act Welsh plays (_The Merry, Merry Cuckoo_, and _Welsh Honeymoon_) were given first prize in the Welsh National Theatre competition, notwithstanding the fact that the prize was offered for a three-act play.

    Contemporary American Literature Bibliographies and Study Outlines

  • After all, "Welsh" isn't the term Welsh people called themselves.

    Nashville Scene - Pith in the Wind

  • Welsh Labour's website, does have some of its content in Welsh, though as pointed out by the blog Welsh Ramblings, much of the content that should be in Welsh is in fact 'lorem ipsum', which indicates that the website has been badly prepared.

    Welsh political websites, bilingualism and Europe.

  • Slagging off the Welsh is acceptable in the British establishment, including the media.

    Seb Coe still silent

  • Then the sound of the instrument ceased save for the drone of the two bottom strings, and Sinfi's voice leapt out and I heard the words of what she called the Welsh dukkering gillie.

    Aylwin

  • The Greeks and Romans themselves had begun first in the same way, and their tribes, and the claims of all to the common land, were the remains of the old way; but they had been settled in cities so long that this had been forgotten, and they were very different people from the wild men who spoke what we call Welsh, and wore checked tartan trews and plaids, with gold collars round their necks, round shields, huge broadswords, and their red or black hair long and shaggy.

    Young Folks' History of Rome

  • David Welsh is working his way through the alphabet asking for your favorite shojo titles.

    The Shôjo-Sunjeong Alphabet: B

  • And David Welsh is up to the letter C in his shojo-sunjeong [...]

    The Shôjo-Sunjeong Alphabet: C

  • Welsh is giving away a free copy of vol. 1 of Bunny Drop to readers of Manga Curmudgeon.

    Free to a good home: Bunny Drop

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