Adjective "gallic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Of or characteristic of France or the French.
  1. 'Call it Gallic pride, or just another example of how things in France are always done just a little differently, but I enjoyed reading an interesting piece on French outsourcing in the India Times.'
  2. 'Travellers to France will discover that the French are no less Gallic for the abolition of the franc.'
  3. 'However, the French legal system and Gallic ways of doing things are still quite alien to the Scots legal framework or culture.'
  4. 'The collection brings together French underground pop/psych music that was ascendent as the Gallic sun was setting on the more brassy go-go sounds of the mid-60s.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'The majority of French voters are greeting the election of their new president with an underwhelmed Gallic shrug.'
  7. 'The leader - a French trumpeter full of Gallic charm, trousers falling down over hips that sway to the music - encourages the impromptu audience to part with their money.'
  8. 'Madeleine Redman described him, with Gallic extravagance, as a mixture of John Knox and Lord Byron - a too-extreme polarity, but one saw what she meant.'
  9. 'Put it like this: if there really were such a thing as French cricket, our Gallic neighbours would not allow themselves to be so easily subjugated.'
  10. 'Were he human, each victory would be accompanied by a Gallic shrug of the shoulders and a disdainful pout of the lips.'
  11. 'The French make do with a Gallic shrug, the Italians employ animated arm-waving.'
  12. 'He gave a Gallic shrug when it was suggested that playing for Bolton reserves at Wakefield on a Wednesday night was not quite the same as the Roman amphitheatre he has been used to.'
  13. 'All those French intellectuals have their Gallic noses stuck in a book.'
  14. 'These practices are consistent with the strict Gallic assimilationist model that bars religion from the public sphere (hence the headscarf dispute).'
  15. 'But as Reuters reports, he is shrugging off the boycott, presumably with that Gallic shrug which Americans in particular seem to find so irritating.'
  16. 'This strong Gallic sense of class was impressed once more on me when our team first arrived in Paris in 1988 to conduct the Nature tests.'
  17. 'It was a difficult group, but nothing the world champions could not have taken in their stride had their Gallic shrug not been so evident.'
  18. 'In a sense, the Gallic embrace of blogging is no surprise.'
  19. 'Initially, the teenagers zipping along the tree-lined streets on mopeds put me in mind of small-town France, but the Gallic atmosphere evaporated when I realised that everyone was drinking tea.'
  20. 'Its full frontal nudity is unlikely to cause the blink of a Gallic eyelid when the French see it this Christmas.'
Relating to the Gauls.
  1. 'In Gaul, there was considerable continuity between pre-Roman and post-Roman populations, yet French contains only about 120 words with Gallic origins.'
  2. 'The Gallic confederacy formed under Vercingetorix; Gaul breaks into open rebellion.'
  3. 'Indeed, he may well have gleaned news of the fact that Vercingetorix, ruler of the Arverni, a tribe of the French Massif Central, might become the supreme Gallic war-leader, and thus pose a very dangerous threat to Roman success.'
  4. 'The so reduced remains of the Gallic empire were inherited by the unlikely figure of Marius.'
  5. 'The ‘hearts’ will point to a marvellous recovery; that the Greens left with honour, as their Gallic conquerors would say.'
  6. 'Once grown to adulthood, he uses the advice of a mysterious Druid elder named Guttuart and his own determination to begin uniting the various Gallic tribes.'


1. of or containing gallium, especially in the trivalent state.

More examples(as adjective)

"shrugs can be gallic."

"sophistications can be gallic."

"minds can be gallic."

"chieftains can be gallic."

"celebrations can be gallic."

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(gallic)Late 17th century: from Latin Gallicus, from Gallus ‘a Gaul’.