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

Definition of ceilidh in English:


A social event with Scottish or Irish folk music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with ceilidh

bailey, bailie, capercaillie, Cayley, daily, Daley, Daly, Disraeli, Eilidh, feyly, gaily, Haley, Hayley, Israeli, Rayleigh, scaly, shaly, ukulele
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