Definition of Culdee in English:


Syllabification: Cul·dee
Pronunciation: /ˌkəlˈdē
, ˈkəlˌdē


An Irish or Scottish monk of the 8th to 12th centuries, living as a recluse usually in a group of thirteen (on the analogy of Jesus Christ and his Apostles). The tradition ceased as the Celtic Church was brought under Roman Catholic rule.
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  • To the north of my study lie cliff-caves reputed to have been inhabited by eighth-century Christian hermits - the Culdees (Celide: ‘Friends of God’).
  • The first was comprehensively Romanized under the Canmores, yet it retained one important institution in the Céli Dé, or Culdees.
  • Over the following 300 years, our separate Scottish kingdom protected many who maintained the Celtic or Culdee customs.


late Middle English: from medieval Latin culdeus, alteration, influenced by Latin cultores Dei 'worshipers of God', of kelledei (plural, found in early Scottish records), from Old Irish céle dé, literally 'companion of God'.

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