Definition of Goidelic in English:


Pronunciation /ɡoiˈdelik/ /ɡɔɪˈdɛlɪk/


  • Relating to or denoting the northern group of Celtic languages, including Irish, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx.

    Compare with Brythonic
    Also called Q-Celtic

    ‘Irish is a Celtic (Indo-European) language, part of the Goidelic branch of insular Celtic (as are Scottish Gaelic and Manx).’
    • ‘Linguistically, its form of Gaelic belongs to the Goidelic group of Celtic, Manx Gaelic being an off-shoot of Irish Gaelic.’
    • ‘If this contact with other Goidelic languages did occur, it is likely that it would have acted as a catalyst for Morrison's own interest in Manx Gaelic, as well as awakening her interest in the wider Goidelic group.’
    • ‘From a background where education was keenly encouraged, Morrison developed an interest in languages, particularly those of the Romance and Goidelic Celtic groups.’


  • The Goidelic languages collectively.

    ‘Philologists have referred to them as P-Celtic in contrast to Goidelic as Q-Celtic, on the basis of a sound shift of q to p which split an earlier tongue known as Common Celtic.’
    • ‘The Celtic language is a sub-group of the Indo-European language group, divided into two groups, Goidelic (consisting of Irish, Scots Gaelic, and Manx) and Brythonic (consisting of Welsh, Cornish, and Breton).’
    • ‘One of the Celtic dialects, is of the group known as the Goidelic, comprising Irish, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx.’