Gael

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Scottish Gaelic Gàidheal and Irish Gaedheal, from Old Irish Goídel (Irishman), from Welsh gwyddel (raider), Proto-Celtic *weidelo- "savage, woodsman". This replaced older féni (any free man) and fénechas (oral tradition of native custom).

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Gael (plural Gaels)

  1. 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

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