Definitions

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

  • n. Variant of galloglass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mercenary warrior élite among Gaelic-Norse clans residing in the Western Isles of Scotland and Scottish Highlands from the mid 13th century to the end of the 16th century.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A heavy-armed foot soldier from Ireland and the Western Isles in the time of Edward �

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A soldier or armed retainer of a chief in ancient Ireland, the Hebrides, or other Gaelic countries.

Etymologies

Irish gallóglaigh ("foreign soldiers"), from óglách ("soldier"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Thank you.

    October 14, 2009

  • appears in "Macbeth": The merciless Macdonald...... from the western isles of kerns and gallowglasses is supplied.
    Derived from the Gaelic "gall-oglach", meaning foreign soldier. One of Ruth Rendell's thrillers is called "Gallowglass" as well.

    January 30, 2007