cei·​lidh | \ ˈkā-lē How to pronounce ceilidh (audio) \
variants: or less commonly ceili

Definition of ceilidh

Scotland and Ireland
: a party with music, dancing, and often storytelling

Examples of ceilidh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Revelers looking to get an early start on the fun should show up Friday evening for a ceilidh. Greg Crawford And Ashley Zlatopolsky, Detroit Free Press, "The week's best: Top things to do Aug. 3-9," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of ceilidh

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Ceilidh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ceilidh. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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