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ceilidh

noun cei·lidh \ˈkā-lē\

Definition of ceilidh

Scottish & Irish

  1. :  a party with music, dancing, and often storytelling



Variants of ceilidh

also ceili \ˈkā-lē\

Origin of ceilidh

Irish céilí & Scottish Gaelic cèilidh visit, social evening, party with music and dancing, from Old Irish céilide visit, from céile servant, companion, neighbor; akin to Welsh cilydd companion, Old Breton kiled


First Known Use: 1875


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