Gaelic adj : relating to or characteristic of the Celts [syn: Celtic] n : any of several related languages of the Celts in Ireland and Scotland [syn: Goidelic, Erse]
- /gɑːlɪk/ or /gælɪk/ (when referring to Scottish Gaelic);
/galɪk/ (in Scots and Scottish English);
/geɪlɪk/ (when referring to Irish Gaelic
or Manx Gaelic).
- Rhymes with: -eɪlɪk
- Danish: gælisk
- Irish: Gaeilis
- Italian: gaelico
- Japanese: ゲール語
any Goidelic language
See also Scottish Gaelic
relating to the Gaels or their language
Gaelic as an adjective means "pertaining to the Gaels", including language and culture.
As a noun, it may refer to the group of languages spoken by the Gaels, or to any one of the individual languages, though in Ireland, "Irish" is used more frequently to refer to the Irish language and in Scotland, Gaelic is often referred to by its own spelling, Gàidhlig.
Gaelic languagesIn referring to languages, Gaelic may mean or refer to:
- Goidelic languages - or "Gaelic languages"
When referring to Scottish Gaelic, Gaelic is usually pronounced /gɑːlɪk/ or /gælɪk/; /galɪk/ in Scots and Scottish English. When referring to Irish Gaelic or Manx Gaelic, it is usually pronounced /geɪlɪk/.
Shelta is sometimes counted as a Gaelic or Goidelic language; however, while it is closely associated with Irish it is not genetically related, being instead a cant which has borrowed a great volume of Irish vocabulary.
Gaelic culture and historyAs an adjective, Gaelic may refer to the Gaelic culture and history of the Gaelic-speaking peoples, with reference to, amongst other things:
- Gaels (The Gaelic peoples)
- The Gaelic Association (An Comunn Gàidhealach)
- The Gaelic Athletic Association
- The Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts
- Gaelic football
- Gaelic games
- Gaelic handball
- The Gaelic League (Conradh na Gaeilge)
- Gaelic punk
- The Gaelic Revival
- Gaelic-speaking congregations in the Church of Scotland
- Gaelic script (typeface)
Gaelic in Breton: Gouezeleg
Gaelic in Hebrew: גאלית