Definition of Belgae in English:


plural noun

  • An ancient Celtic people inhabiting Gaul north of the Seine and Marne Rivers.

    ‘Caesar observed that the Belgae from northern Gaul (hence Belgium) had first commenced raiding and then settling in ‘the maritime part’ of Britain from before his time.’
    • ‘Belgium derives its name from a Celtic tribe, the Belgae, whom Caesar described as the most courageous tribe of Gaul.’
    • ‘At the time of the Roman occupation, the region was inhabited by the Regni in the south-east, the Belgae towards the south-west, and the Atrebates in the north.’
    • ‘Caesar records that the Belgae raided maritime areas of Britain and that some eventually settled there.’
    • ‘And according to ancient manuscripts, it was also the burial ground of the Belgae tribe,’ he explains.’
    • ‘In 58 BC, the Roman leader Julius Caesar called the region's Belgae tribes the toughest opponents he had faced.’



/ˈbelɡī/ /ˈbɛlɡaɪ/ /ˈbeljē/ /ˈbɛldʒi/


From Latin.