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A subdivision of the Insular Celtic languages that includes Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx.
1. Of or relating to the Gaels.
2. Of or relating to Goidelic.
[From Old Irish Goídil, Gael, possibly from Old Welsh -guoidel, Gwyddel.]
1. (Languages) the N group of Celtic languages, consisting of Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx. Compare Brythonic
2. (Historical Terms) the N group of Celtic languages, consisting of Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx. Compare Brythonic
3. (Languages) of, relating to, or characteristic of this group of languages
4. (Historical Terms) of, relating to, or characteristic of this group of languages
[C19: from Old Irish Goidel a Celt, from Old Welsh gwyddel, from gwydd savage]
1. the subgroup of modern Celtic languages represented by Irish, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx, all descended from the speech of Ireland in the early Middle Ages.adj.
2. of or pertaining to Goidelic or its speakers.
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|Noun||1.||Goidelic - any of several related languages of the Celts in Ireland and Scotland|
Celtic, Celtic language - a branch of the Indo-European languages that (judging from inscriptions and place names) was spread widely over Europe in the pre-Christian era
Manx - the ancient Gaelic formerly spoken on the Isle of Man; the language is sometimes used on ceremonial occasions