Definition of Gael in English:



  • 1A Gaelic-speaking person.

    • ‘In these laments, the demise and exile of specific noble families challenge the spirit of the Gaels and their culture.’
    • ‘They have similar numbers of fluent speakers to us, they are often squeezed in a corner of a country and are surrounded by English, just like Gaels in the north-west of Scotland.’
    • ‘Scots are Glaswegians and Orcadians and Gaels as well.’
    • ‘In the 9th cent., Gaels and Picts were finally united under a Gaelic king, probably of mixed parentage.’
    • ‘The foundation myths of Scotland state that the Scottish Gaels originated from the Dal Riata tribe in Antrim, north-east Ireland.’
    • ‘Ireland was occupied by Celtic peoples, who came to be known as Gaels, sometime between 600 and 400 B.C.’
    • ‘Can the dreams, the aspirations and traditions of the ancient Gael be translated into English?’
    • ‘This year, the Gaels plunged to 7-14 before Williams was removed for disciplinary reasons.’
    • ‘The Gael and the Pict, the Angle and Dane, But so did the Irishman, Jew and Ukraine - They're all Scotland's story and they're all worth the same.’
    • ‘The non-English parts of the UK have ten million Gaels, Celts, Picts, Irish, Scots and Vikings.’
    • ‘Some Scottish Gaels might find his handling of their language patronising but his message reaches beyond his home audience to offer us, those on this side, an insight into their history.’
    • ‘Yet the Dionysian stereotype of the Gael, juxtaposed against the Apollonian Englishmen, masks the new Puritanism that is currently sweeping through the Twenty-Six Counties.’
    • ‘Far from being the noncoopted exemplars of native essence, the Gaels are merely thwarted would-be collaborators in Anglicization.’
    • ‘The wild Gaels were treated as ‘mere Irish’ and the Flemings in 1436 with undisguised scorn.’
    • ‘Those of us of Scottish ancestry have a longstanding interest in Egypt, since we are supposedly descended from the mythic Scota, an exiled daughter of a Pharaoh who married Gaythelos, a Gael.’
    • ‘Such implausible idealizations, then as now, go hand in hand with nostalgia for the lost or vanishing world of the Gael as initially evoked by ethnographic prefaces.’
    • ‘The Scottish Executive expects us as Gaels to put our confidence in the body they set up to advance the cause to of the language.’
    • ‘America last week witnessed a new explosion in interest in Scottish culture after a group of Gaels touched a nerve in a way that Tartan Week could not.’
    • ‘There was no high-minded talk about restoring the culture and the language of the Gael to the brilliance we were told was associated with it when the Book of Leinster was written 800 years previously.’
    • ‘This is shocking even for me - there are good doctors everywhere, and our special commitment to the Gaels seems more important.’
    1. 1.1A person whose ancestors spoke Gaelic.
      • ‘Let this monument be a token to their names and honour from the Gaels of America.’


From Scottish Gaelic Gaidheal.