Definition of ceilidh in English:

ceilidh

Line breaks: cei|lidh
Pronunciation: /ˈkeɪli
 
/
(also Irish ceili)

noun

A social event with Scottish or Irish folk music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling.
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  • Yet Highland culture continues to flourish through the Gaelic language, piping, ceilidhs (informal gatherings with traditional music, dancing and poetry) and a full schedule of Highland games.
  • They will be supported by Sarah Northcott and Matt Smith before the evening is rounded of with a traditional Scottish ceilidh led by Edinburgh-based Da Hooley.
  • Comedy, story-telling, poetry, ceilidhs, workshops and Morris-dancing are on the programme, along with T'ai Chi, crafts, kids' events and even a Sunday morning walk.

Origin

late 19th century: from Scottish Gaelic ceilidh and Irish célidhe (earlier form of céilí), from Old Irish céilide 'visit, visiting', from céile 'companion'.

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