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”).
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