Definition of Goidelic in English:

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Goidelic

Pronunciation: /ɡoiˈdelik/

adjective

Relating to or denoting the northern group of Celtic languages, including Irish, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx. Compare with Brythonic. Also called Q-Celtic.
Example sentences
  • Irish is a Celtic (Indo-European) language, part of the Goidelic branch of insular Celtic (as are Scottish Gaelic and Manx).
  • Linguistically, its form of Gaelic belongs to the Goidelic group of Celtic, Manx Gaelic being an off-shoot of Irish Gaelic.
  • If this contact with other Goidelic languages did occur, it is likely that it would have acted as a catalyst for Morrison's own interest in Manx Gaelic, as well as awakening her interest in the wider Goidelic group.

noun

The Goidelic languages collectively.
Example sentences
  • Philologists have referred to them as P-Celtic in contrast to Goidelic as Q-Celtic, on the basis of a sound shift of q to p which split an earlier tongue known as Common Celtic.
  • The Celtic language is a sub-group of the Indo-European language group, divided into two groups, Goidelic (consisting of Irish, Scots Gaelic, and Manx) and Brythonic (consisting of Welsh, Cornish, and Breton).
  • One of the Celtic dialects, is of the group known as the Goidelic, comprising Irish, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx.

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Syllabification: Goi·del·ic

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