Meaning of “Gaelic” in the English Dictionary

"Gaelic" in British English

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Gaelicnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈɡeɪ.lɪk/ /ˈɡæl.ɪk/ us /ˈɡeɪ.lɪk/ /ˈɡæl.ɪk/
Gaelic
adjective uk us

Examples from literature

  • And then we would sit in the corner of the fire-place and talk Gaelic half the night. 
  • Exactly how much Gaelic, Irish, or Welsh Mr Arnold knew at first-hand, I cannot say: he frankly enough confesses that his knowledge was very closely limited. 
  • He spoke in Gaelic, which, it seems, was a language not known by the sergeant. 
  • The other Celtic languages which have existed within the last one hundred years are the Gaelic of the north of Scotland, the Breton of western France, and the Cornish of the southwestern corner of England. 
  • They closed around the Marquis, and conversed together in a low tone, both in Gaelic and English. 

(Definition of “Gaelic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)