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Alternative forms[edit]


From Gael +‎ -ic


  • IPA(key): /ˈɡælɪk/ (when referring to Scottish Gaelic)
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  • IPA(key): /ˈɡeɪlɪk/ (when referring to Irish Gaelic or Manx Gaelic)
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  • (Scotland) IPA(key): /ˈɡalɪk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡeɪlɪk/ (for all senses)
  • Rhymes: -eɪlɪk, -ælɪk

Proper noun[edit]


  1. Goidelic; any Goidelic language.
    • 2020, N. K. Jemisin, The City We Became, Orbit, page 342:
      She taught herself some Gaelic as a child. It’s hard to pronounce, and with no other Gaelic speakers around that she could practice on, she’s forgotten nearly all of what she learned.
    1. Irish Gaelic.
    2. Manx Gaelic.
    3. Scottish Gaelic.

Usage notes[edit]

When used without any modifier, Gaelic refers most often to Scottish Gaelic. Irish Gaelic and Manx Gaelic are more commonly called simply Irish and Manx.


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Gaelic (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to the Gaels, the Celtic peoples of Scotland, Ireland, and the Manx, or their languages.


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