Definition of Gallic in English:



  • 1French or typically French.

    • ‘The collection brings together French underground pop/psych music that was ascendent as the Gallic sun was setting on the more brassy go-go sounds of the mid-60s.’
    • ‘The educated elite of the Francophone Third World man permanent outposts of Paris, with the Gallic adroitness of reducing reality to thought, and thought to language.’
    • ‘At 26, he looks like a lycée student who has lingered a bit too long at school, but the San Francisco Ballet's latest Gallic import moves like a dark angel - fast, fearless, and without mercy.’
    • ‘I've long said that the recent attacks against innocent Jewish people in France were carried out by Islamic immigrants that have arrived looking to sign up for some famous Gallic social programs.’
    • ‘These practices are consistent with the strict Gallic assimilationist model that bars religion from the public sphere (hence the headscarf dispute).’
    • ‘Unfaithful is acquitted and free to go, but is sternly cautioned by the Judge to avoid the lofts of unkempt Gallic playboys or he won't be as lenient the next time.’
    • ‘Foucault exaggerates for rhetorical effect, in typical Gallic fashion, but nonetheless expresses an important underlying cultural truth.’
    • ‘Despite making some of the most robust and radiant disco-house of the last decade - Gallic or otherwise - he's never seemed to be one for fanfare.’
    • ‘This strong Gallic sense of class was impressed once more on me when our team first arrived in Paris in 1988 to conduct the Nature tests.’
    • ‘Well, Bubba, it might have something to do with Parisians perfecting Gallic cool while we were busy slaughtering buffalo and burning witches at the stake.’
    • ‘It's time we faced reality regarding our Gallic cousins.’
    • ‘In a sense, the Gallic embrace of blogging is no surprise.’
    • ‘Sighing, she hefted the drinks tray and threaded her way to the table, wondering as she arrived why everyone seemed to have caught a sudden bout of Gallic verve.’
    • ‘Speaking in in the ornate deputies' chambers at the mairie (city hall), Bloche, 43, is all soft-spoken confidence and Gallic good looks.’
    • ‘Madeleine Redman described him, with Gallic extravagance, as a mixture of John Knox and Lord Byron - a too-extreme polarity, but one saw what she meant.’
    • ‘Three songs by Henri Duparc were sweetly Gallic romantic ruminations.’
    • ‘A stirring procession led by the string section that sounds almost Gallic, and that it maybe should be scoring a 19th century high society gathering.’
    • ‘They're spending millions to create consistent brands recognized around the world, while Gallic winegrowers are turning out too much low-quality table wine with mystifying labels.’
    • ‘Call it Gallic pride, or just another example of how things in France are always done just a little differently, but I enjoyed reading an interesting piece on French outsourcing in the India Times.’
    • ‘Every day e-mails containing press releases full of Gallic flair and drama would land in the in-boxes of anyone deemed worthy of receiving them.’
  • 2Relating to the Gauls.

    • ‘Until recently Anglo-Saxon and Gallic societies also saw women as chattels and held that adultery was a crime against property and against honour.’
    • ‘In Gaul, there was considerable continuity between pre-Roman and post-Roman populations, yet French contains only about 120 words with Gallic origins.’
    • ‘It is said that the official emperor even challenged the Gallic emperor to a single combat, but Postumus refused this armed conflict too.’
    • ‘Once grown to adulthood, he uses the advice of a mysterious Druid elder named Guttuart and his own determination to begin uniting the various Gallic tribes.’
    • ‘His idea was to force Caesar to come to him… and while the Romans were facing his troops on the hilltop, they would be encircled and attacked from the rear by other Gallic tribes.’
    • ‘Indeed, he may well have gleaned news of the fact that Vercingetorix, ruler of the Arverni, a tribe of the French Massif Central, might become the supreme Gallic war-leader, and thus pose a very dangerous threat to Roman success.’
    • ‘After the defeat of Vercingetorix, Gallic resistance would never again rise in great force.’
    • ‘The ‘hearts’ will point to a marvellous recovery; that the Greens left with honour, as their Gallic conquerors would say.’
    • ‘As a reward Caesar's men each received one Gallic slave in addition to monetary spoils of war.’
    • ‘The Gallic confederacy formed under Vercingetorix; Gaul breaks into open rebellion.’
    • ‘The so reduced remains of the Gallic empire were inherited by the unlikely figure of Marius.’
    • ‘Bibracte was a Gallic citadel on Mount Beuvray, in the heart of the Morvan region, about a half-hour from Autun.’


Late 17th century: from Latin Gallicus, from Gallus a Gaul.