Adjective "gaelic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to the Goidelic group of Celtic languages, particularly Scottish Gaelic, and the speakers of these languages and their culture.
  1. 'The awards are to recognise those clubs that ‘are doing so much to promote Gaelic games and culture and carrying out tremendous work for the youth of our country’.'
  2. 'She is involved with primary and tertiary education and the preservation of Gaelic culture and language.'
  3. 'What the island lacked in the ways of material comfort was amply made up by the richness of its Gaelic culture and its community spirit.'
  4. 'My mother, a Gaelic speaker, came from the area and used to sing me songs about the castle.'
  5. 'This would amount to about three hours per day, with repeats and English language programmes of interest to Gaelic speakers on top of that.'
  6. 'As the boy aged, the stories turned into lessons about both Irish culture and the beautiful Gaelic language.'
  7. 'These people eventually became completely Celticised sharing a common culture and a common Gaelic language.'
  8. 'The theatre network is expanding, the professional traditional music scene has gone ballistic, there's a real confidence, and that's before you begin to talk about the Gaelic culture.'
  9. 'This book will celebrate contemporary Gaelic culture in both countries and the process of producing it will renew an old relationship.'
  10. 'O'Curry's two Irish lecture series amount to an authoritative interpretation of Gaelic society and culture.'


A Celtic language spoken mainly in the highlands and islands of western Scotland. It was brought from Ireland in the 5th and 6th centuries AD and is now spoken by about 58,000 people.
  1. 'What the Pacific scheme would aim to do would be bring forward a generation with Gaelic as its first language.'
  2. 'They specialise in Scottish Gaelic, although the method is applicable to any language.'
  3. 'The latest census figures suggest fewer than 60,000 Scots speak Gaelic, compared to more than 250,000 over a century ago.'
  4. 'Only three people out of almost 50 in the room speak Gaelic as their first language.'
  5. 'Thereafter though Scotland was immersed in a Babel of languages, including Gaelic, Welsh, Anglo - Saxon, Old Norse and Old French.'
  6. 'In that culture, there's also another language, Gaelic, which my ancestors spoke.'
  7. 'By the 11th century Scots Gaelic was used throughout Scotland, except for the Hebrides and the Northern Isles which remained under Norse control.'
  8. 'The bill will not establish Gaelic as an official language throughout Scotland.'
  9. 'Resurgence of interest in Scottish Gaelic in the 1990s has been given a boost by the establishing of Scotland's own Parliament, for the first time in 300 years.'
  10. 'Now I found some interesting comments, as I looked through newspaper articles and so on, on all that's been happening just over the last few months in Scotland about Gaelic.'
  11. 'For many performers it was a statement of identity, allied to a desire for constitutional change and the need to maintain languages such as Welsh, Gaelic, Breton and Erse, threatened with extinction.'
  12. 'The website has more information on it in English than in Gaelic, for example.'
  13. 'Its distinctive features come from Norse, Gaelic and French.'
  14. 'The room was mixed with conversations in Gaelic, Roman, Galic, and Frankish.'
  15. 'The move is controversial, because wholesale borrowings of English words into Gaelic have been seen as a sign of weakness in the Celtic language.'
  16. 'I could not understand what they were saying because it was all in Gaelic.'
  17. 'The actors, including the children, had to be Gaelic speakers - each scene was filmed twice: in both English and Gaelic.'
  18. 'As the hours slowly passed, he rocked back and forth, muttering prayers first in Latin, then in Gaelic, then in English.'
  19. 'The Irish Pastoral Center offers classes in Irish dance and in Gaelic.'
  20. 'They have what we can call ‘communicative competence’ even though their grammatical competence in Gaelic is weak.'


1. a Celtic language that includes the speech of ancient Ireland and the dialects that have developed from it, especially those usually known as Irish, Manx, and Scots Gaelic. Gaelic constitutes the Goidelic subbranch of Celtic.Abbreviation:Gael. adjective

2. of or in Gaelic.

3. of or relating to the Gaels or their language.

More examples(as adjective)

"footballs can be gaelic."

"names can be gaelic."

"games can be gaelic."

"speakers can be gaelic."

"poetries can be gaelic."

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