Definition of Gallic in English:

Gallic

Syllabification: Gal·lic
Pronunciation: /ˈgalik
 
/

adjective

  • 1French or typically French.
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    • At 26, he looks like a lycée student who has lingered a bit too long at school, but the San Francisco Ballet's latest Gallic import moves like a dark angel - fast, fearless, and without mercy.
    • They're spending millions to create consistent brands recognized around the world, while Gallic winegrowers are turning out too much low-quality table wine with mystifying labels.
    • Speaking in in the ornate deputies' chambers at the mairie (city hall), Bloche, 43, is all soft-spoken confidence and Gallic good looks.
  • 2Of or relating to the Gauls.
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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

Pronunciation: /ˈgaləˌsīz/
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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