Definition of Gaelic in English:


Syllabification: Gael·ic
Pronunciation: /ˈgālik


  • Of or relating to the Goidelic languages, particularly the Celtic language of Scotland, and the culture associated with speakers of these languages and their descendants.
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    • People with Scottish connections have a huge interest in Gaelic culture and language.
    • There's also a need to protect Gaelic language and culture.
    • She is involved with primary and tertiary education and the preservation of Gaelic culture and language.


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  • 1A Goidelic language brought from Ireland in the 5th and 6th centuries ad and spoken mainly in the highlands and islands of western Scotland.
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    • By the 11th century Scots Gaelic was used throughout Scotland, except for the Hebrides and the Northern Isles which remained under Norse control.
    • There was little use speaking Gaelic in England, Scotland or America.
    • Only three people out of almost 50 in the room speak Gaelic as their first language.
  • 1.1 (also Irish Gaelic) another term for Irish (the language).
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    • For many performers it was a statement of identity, allied to a desire for constitutional change and the need to maintain languages such as Welsh, Gaelic, Breton and Erse, threatened with extinction.
    • However, unlike English and Gaelic, Scots words are frequently spelt in a variety of ways, leading to problems in drawing up a recognised system.
    • The move is controversial, because wholesale borrowings of English words into Gaelic have been seen as a sign of weakness in the Celtic language.

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