Definition of Druid in US English:



  • 1A priest, magician, or soothsayer in the ancient Celtic religion.

    • ‘The Druids, whose Stonehenge temples can be seen in England, regarded mistletoe with reverence and used to burn it in sacrifice during the solstitial festivities.’
    • ‘He was I believe a friend of Isaac Newton, and the oldest records he could find were Roman records, and the Romans said that when they arrived in the area, there were Druids there.’
    • ‘The exchange of a kiss under the mistletoe is linked back to the ancient times of the Druids.’
    • ‘The Celt's priestly caste, the Druids, has become a part of modern folklore.’
    • ‘The Druids in England worshiped the evergreen because it had eternal life, it did not brown and die in the winter.’
    • ‘Subsequent neopagans took their inspiration from the Druids, from ancient Egypt, from the Vikings, from Rome.’
    • ‘It is a little known fact that the great Gothic Cathedrals were built over the sacred wells and groves of the earlier Druids.’
    • ‘It is said that the ancient Druids occasionally performed human sacrifice under certain extreme situations.’
    • ‘Indeed there are various stories and legends, which convey a sense of peace and harmony between the first Christian settlers in Britain and the Druids, the Celtic priesthood.’
    • ‘Being the only depiction of organized Celtic religion in pre-Roman Europe that historians possess, the Druids have become a modern focal point of popular interest.’
    • ‘The Druids were the priests or ministers of religion among the ancient Celtic nations in Gaul, Britain, and Germany.’
    • ‘I think the world needs the witches, the shamans, the Wiccans, the Druids and the ritual magicians.’
    • ‘The Druids, the high priests of the Celts, spent twenty years learning the traditions and oral lessons.’
    • ‘Knocking on wood is meant to bring good luck by enlisting the support of spirits who according to the ancient pagans Druids, lived in trees.’
    • ‘Even in very early times the position of Ferns led to it being a gathering place for ancient Druids ceremonies and the meeting place of some of the chieftains.’
    • ‘In their own way, the Druids were very religious.’
    • ‘I formed ideals of my own, read everything I could about religions like Buddhism and books on the ancient Druids.’
    • ‘The Druids would cut the mistletoe that grew on the oak tree and give it as a blessing.’
    • ‘Throughout his later life he became obsessed with the romantic idealization of the Druids and the religion of the ancient British.’
    • ‘Others think that the Celtic Druids and the Nordic tribes may have had some influence.’
    sorcerer, sorceress, witch, wizard, warlock, enchanter, enchantress, necromancer, spellcaster, shaman, witch doctor, magus, alchemist
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    1. 1.1 A member of a present-day group claiming to represent or be derived from this religion.
      • ‘No wonder they are highly thought of by Druids and Pagans.’
      • ‘This is especially obvious when they are dealing with Wiccans, Druids, or other ‘pagan’ religions.’
      • ‘Dames's approach to the Avebury monuments resonates well with many Pagans, especially Goddess worshippers and Druids.’
      • ‘As Wiccans, Druids, conscious Pagans and Medicine Women we're each and every one of us teachers, intentionally setting examples and sharing the lessons and insights of our lives.’
      • ‘The god of this world is worshipped by many Wiccans, Witches, Druids, other Neo-Pagans, and even theistic and spiritual Satanists.’
      • ‘Wiccans, Druids and other pagan practitioners will be there to celebrate their faith.’


From Latin druidae, druides (plural), from Gaulish; related to Irish draoidh ‘magician, sorcerer’.