Definition of Gallic in English:

Gallic

Line breaks: Gal¦lic
Pronunciation: /ˈgalɪk
 
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adjective

  • 1Of or characteristic of France or the French: a Gallic shrug
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    • Initially, the teenagers zipping along the tree-lined streets on mopeds put me in mind of small-town France, but the Gallic atmosphere evaporated when I realised that everyone was drinking tea.
    • Travellers to France will discover that the French are no less Gallic for the abolition of the franc.
    • But as Reuters reports, he is shrugging off the boycott, presumably with that Gallic shrug which Americans in particular seem to find so irritating.
  • 2Relating to the Gauls: the Gallic retreat from Delphi
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    • The Gallic confederacy formed under Vercingetorix; Gaul breaks into open rebellion.
    • The ‘hearts’ will point to a marvellous recovery; that the Greens left with honour, as their Gallic conquerors would say.
    • In Gaul, there was considerable continuity between pre-Roman and post-Roman populations, yet French contains only about 120 words with Gallic origins.

Derivatives

Gallicize

(also Gallicise) verb
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  • The Budapest-born Sebastian - he Gallicized his name - was an old hand in the theater.
  • Having attained ultimate power, Napoleon began to convert, or Gallicise the island of his birth.
  • We can either sprinkle our French with Creole or decide to Gallicize these expressions, these Creole words.

Origin

late 17th century: from Latin Gallicus, from Gallus 'a Gaul'.

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