Definition of Galician in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡəˈlɪsjən/


1Relating to Galicia in NW Spain, its people, or their language.
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  • Since his death, and the installation of a democratic regime (parliamentary monarchy) in Spain, however, a revival of Galician language and culture has taken place.
  • The book is translated from the Galician language of north west Spain.
  • Given the original play's Galician setting - Spain's craggy north-west - that combination of author, company, adaptor and director make it as Celtic a melange as it's possible to get.
2Relating to Galicia in east central Europe.
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  • The central role that Catholicism plays in Galician culture is also evident in the tall stone crosses called cruceiros found throughout the region.
  • In 1921 Jewish democratic organizations supported Galician intellectual circles in their demands to establish Ukrainian university in Lviv.
  • We don't know the woman's name, but simply that she was killed in the Tarnopol Ghetto along with the rest of the 500,000-strong community of Galician Jews.


1A native or inhabitant of Galicia in NW Spain.
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  • The Galicians are descended from Spain's second wave of Celtic invaders (from the British Isles and western Europe) who came across the Pyrenees mountains in about 400 BC.
  • Before the trip to northern Spain for the return leg against the Galicians, Celtic have to face Hibernian on Wednesday night and then Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.
  • Spanish communities in the United States, in keeping with their strong regional identification in Spain, have established centers for Galicians, Asturians, Andalucians, and other such groups.
1.1 [mass noun] The language of Galicia in NW Spain, a Romance language closely related to Portuguese. It is spoken by about 3 million people, most of whom also speak Spanish.
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  • Portuguese is a Romance language that is most closely related to the Spanish dialect Galician.
  • Similar examples can also be found in Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, Romanian, Sardinian; and Spanish.
  • One of the oddest feature of the cantigas is that, though they were composed and sung at court, their language is provincial Galician - the language subsequently Latinised to constitute the Portuguese of Luís de Camões.
2A native or inhabitant of Galicia in east central Europe.

Words that rhyme with Galician

Cilician, Lycian, Mysian, Odyssean

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