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  • n. Variant of gillie.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of gillie.

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  • n. a shoe without a tongue and with decorative lacing up the instep


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  • from the Gaelic word "giolla", meaning servant. Primary modern usage is to refer to a fishing and hunting guide. Many Irish and Scottish surnames, my own included, begin with "Gil" (in the anglicized form), with the etymology deriving from "giolla".

    November 10, 2007

  • A male attendant or personal servant to a Highland chieftain; a fishing and hunting guide; the type of traditional walking shoe worn by such a guide; a similar but softer-soled shoe used for dancing.

    Alternate spelling gillie.

    November 10, 2007