Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to the Gaels or their culture or languages.
  • noun Goidelic.
  • noun Any of the Goidelic languages, especially.
  • noun Irish.
  • noun Scottish Gaelic.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to the Gaels, a Celtic race inhabiting the Highlands of Scotland: as, the Gaelic language.
  • noun The language of the Celts inhabiting the Highlands of Scotland. See Gadhelic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Ethnol.) Of or pertaining to the Gael, esp. to the Celtic Highlanders of Scotland.
  • noun The language of the Gaels, esp. of the Highlanders of Scotland. It is a branch of the Celtic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun Goidelic; any Goidelic language.
  • proper noun Scottish Gaelic.
  • adjective Of or relating to the Gaels, the Celtic peoples of Scotland, Ireland, and the Manx, or their languages.

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

  • adjective relating to or characteristic of the Celts
  • noun any of several related languages of the Celts in Ireland and Scotland

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Gael +‎ -ic

Examples

  • I'd love to check out MacBeth, considering we sort of have the same name: MacVay in Gaelic is MacBheatha, same as his name (though his was a given name, not a patronymic, and we aren't related).

    Celebrating Scotland

  • Apparently King Balor's lines are all in "Gaelic", which presumably means Irish; would be interested to know what any gaelgeori thought of this.

    Linkspam for 10-6-2009

  • Imagine, I've become the porridge princess- I can bewitch the oats and water into a pottage that makes the young men laugh and old men cease their laughter- me, an incomer, with not a word of Gaelic and a name that's not an island name, aye, right enough, and laundry on the line on Sunday- do you know my secret?

    Hebrides

  • Thinking of Australia (and narrowing from gender-neutral) might be worth noting that the equivalent obscenity in Gaelic - Highland, at least - is just not that obscene.

    On Profanity: 3

  • The group is made up of 1 Slovene, 1 Hungarian, 1 Scot who writes in Gaelic, and 2 Russians (plus me, for my poems written originally in Spanish and translating the others into Spanish).

    Breakfast in Bed

  • Last time I was there, peak-time viewing was a programme in Gaelic about a poet who emigrated to Canada and then died.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • Last time I was there, peak-time viewing was a programme in Gaelic about a poet who emigrated to Canada and then died.

    Another column for the New Statesman website

  • With out wanting to be pedantic "Celtic" isn't actually the language its called Gaelic yeah gay-lick .

    /Filmcast Ep. 62 - G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra (GUEST: Matt Singer from IFC News) | /Film

  • That said, there's an awful lot of rubbish as well, but would 'Dancing on Ice' and Big Brother 'be any worse if they were in Gaelic?

    Skye No More

  • That said, there's an awful lot of rubbish as well, but would 'Dancing on Ice' and Big Brother 'be any worse if they were in Gaelic?

    Skye No More

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