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From Old Irish céile Dé (servant of God), a calque of Latin servus Deī.


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Culdee (plural Culdees)

  1. One of a class of anchorites who lived in various parts of Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.
    • Campbell
      The pure Culdees were Albyn's earliest priests of God.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for Culdee in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)