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 The wedding featured three musical moments in total: Italian jazz, followed by a ceilidh band, and then an ’80s and ’90s disco by DJ Henri, which had everyone dancing past 3 a.m. Emma Elwick-bates, Vogue, 28 June 2022 She’s a member of the Irish American Club and a traditional Irish ceilidh dancer. Elissa Welle, Detroit Free Press, 9 Feb. 2022 But later in the episode, while attending a traditional Scottish ceilidh — think of the Gatherings featured on Outlander — at Borthwick Castle, McTavish and his hips are given their rightful time to shine. Sarene Leeds, Vulture, 1 Mar. 2021 The week-long digital celebration features Scottish ceilidh and bagpipe bands, harpists, Highland dancers and former U.S. national Scottish fiddling champ Melinda Crawford Perttu. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 22 Dec. 2020 The event will feature Scottish ceilidh and bagpipe bands, harpists, Highland dancers, and former U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion Melinda Crawford Perttu. cleveland, 18 Dec. 2020 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, 3 Aug. 2017 See More

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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 30 Sep. 2022.

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