American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An Irish or Scottish social gathering with traditional music, dancing, and storytelling.
- n. An Irish or Scottish informal social gathering where traditional folk music is played, with dancing and story telling.
- n. Any such gathering in the Celtic diaspora.
- n. an informal social gathering at which there is Scottish or Irish folk music and singing and folk dancing and story telling
- From Scottish Gaelic cèilidh, Irish céilidhe, from Old Irish céile ("companion"). (Wiktionary)
- Irish Gaelic céilidhe, from Old Irish célide, visit, from céle, companion; see kei-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Thea Gilmore and the Solfest ceilidh, which is always a pleasure ...”
“The evening started with A Chuirm, what the Irish would probably call a ceilidh and we Welsh would call a noson lawen.”
“Being part of that community is knowing what a "ceilidh" is, knowing not only the history of Ireland but of our own people in this country, most of them descendants of starving millions who fled to this country to avoid death from hunger.”
“Sebastian had vied for some traditional aspects for their big event, like the ceilidh, the Scottish version of a square dance.”
“But here, the accordionist was shouting directions, and although kilts abounded on the dance floor, most of these participants had never heard of a ceilidh before they danced in this one.”
“And if you want any help on the dancing front, then try ceilidh folk dances.”
“In terms of infrastructure, there's not much here: a small grocer's and craftshop, a tea room and ceilidh hall, a doctor's surgery and a single-classroom primary school.”
“Our host and driver for the weekend, Colin, arrived back at the ceilidh hall at 5. 30am, as day broke.”
“There were two stages, at the ceilidh hall and a marquee, with bands appearing alternately in each and Johnny introducing virtually every band personally.”
“Coventry War Memorial ParkLammas Festival, Eastbourne, Saturday, SundayA festival procession, folk music, an open-air ceilidh and more.”
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