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  • enPR: gə-lĭs'ē-ən, gə-lĭsh'ən, IPA(key): /ɡəˈlɪs.i.ən/, /ɡəˈlɪʃ.ən/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪʃən

Etymology 1[edit]

From Galicia (region in northwest Spain) +‎ -an.


Galician (comparative more Galician, superlative most Galician)

  1. Of or pertaining to the region of Galicia in Iberia.
    • 2009, D. R. Green, Coastal and Marine Geospatial Technologies, page 107:
      The subsequent oil slicks that reached the coast resulted in severe ecological and economic consequences for the Galician coast and the Bay of Biscay.
  2. Of or pertaining to the people of Galicia (in Iberia) or their culture.
    • 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist[1]:
      "I have been asked over by Dr. Maupuis of the Institut Métapsychique to see some of the experiments which he is conducting upon a Galician medium."
    • 1999 [1882], Emilia Pardo Bazán, The Tribune of the People, (translated by Walter Borenstein), page 253
      The "entierro de la sardina," the burial of the sardine, is a Galician custom popular in many villages on Ash Wednesday.
  3. Of or pertaining to the Galician language.
    • 2009, Eva Estebas Vilaplana, Teach yourself English pronunciation, page 18:
      This vowel is similar to the Catalan sound in the words Jordi or sola and to the Galician sound in the words ola or po.


Galician (countable and uncountable, plural Galicians)

  1. (countable) A native or inhabitant of Galicia, a region of the northwestern Iberian peninsula.
    • 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist[2]:
      The little Galician was sitting nibbling a biscuit with a glass of red wine before him.
    • 2000, Clare Mar-Molinero, The Politics of Language in the Spanish-speaking World, page 52:
      In Argentina, too, there is a community of Welsh-speakers. Similarly some Galicians, Catalans and Basques have retained their mother tongues in ways that had they remained, respectively in the United Kingdom or Spain, might have been more difficult to do.
    • 2000, Ethnologia Europaea 30 (2): 52
      The Portuguese claim that a Galician would never be generous, as a Portuguese would. On their side, the Galicians tell the story of the Portuguese who invites some Galicians to dinner and then gives his guests very little to eat.
  2. (uncountable) The language of Galicia; a Romance language spoken in the northwestern corner of the Iberian peninsula.
    • 1998, Catherine Davies, Spanish Women's Writing, 1849-1996, page 63:
      Rosalia de Castro became a crucial element in this early nationalist cultural campaign: she spoke Galician as her first language and she was literate, educated, and sympathetic to the group's progressive aims.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Galicia (region in Central Europe (Etymology 2)) +‎ -an.


Galician (comparative more Galician, superlative most Galician)

  1. Of or pertaining to the historical region of Galicia in Central Europe.
    • 2006, Shulamit Ṿolḳov, Germans, Jews, and Antisemites: Trials in Emancipation, page 272:
      Victor Adler was born in a small Moravian town on the Galician border.


Galician (plural Galicians)

  1. An inhabitant of Galicia, a region in Poland and Ukraine.
    • 2004, Serhy Yekelchyk, Stalin's Empire of Memory: Russian-Ukrainian Relations in the Soviet Historical Imagination, page 50:
      According to Manuilsky, some Galicians idealized the Austro-Hungarian past for the empire's promotion of national autonomy, yet the Habsburgs had discouraged Eastern Galicia's economic development, whereas the Soviet power would 'turn Lviv into one of the biggest industrial centres of Soviet Ukraine.'