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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 Goidel peoples of Scotland, Ireland, and the Manx, or their languages.

Derived terms[edit]



Gaelic (uncountable)

  1. Short for Gaelic football.
    • 1995, John Sugden; Alan Bairner, Sport, Sectarianism and Society, page 42:
      Undoubtedly, the main reasons why many gifted young Irish sportsmen such as Niall Quinn, Kevin Moran and Frank Stapleton opted to play soccer instead of Gaelic is[sic] that soccer afforded them the opportunity to display and test their abilities in an international arena and earn a good living.

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