From Scottish Gaelic Gàidheal and Irish Gael, from Old Irish Goídel (“Irishman”), from the Brythonic ancestor of Welsh gwyddel (“raider”), from Proto-Celtic *weidelos (“savage, woodsman”). This replaced older féni (“any free man”) and fénechas (“oral tradition of native custom”).
Gael (plural Gaels)
- A member of an ethnic group in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man, whose language is one that is Gaelic.
- 1911 The Great Gaels of Ireland
- are the men that God made mad,
- For all their wars are merry
- and all their songs are sad.
- The Ballad of the White Horse, G.K. Chesterton
- Gaedheal (obsolete)
- Gael, Irish person
|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.