druid

noun, often capitalized
dru·​id | \ˈdrü-id \

Definition of druid 

: one of an ancient Celtic priesthood appearing in Irish and Welsh sagas and Christian legends as magicians and wizards

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Other Words from druid

druidic \ drü-​ˈi-​dik \ or druidical \ -​di-​kəl \ adjective often capitalized

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Members of a learned class of priests, teachers, and judges among the ancient Celtic peoples, the druids instructed young men, oversaw sacrifices, judged quarrels, and decreed penalties. They did not engage in warfare and paid no tribute. They studied ancient verse, natural philosophy, astronomy, and religious lore; their principal doctrine was belief in the immortality of the soul and the belief that the soul passed into another body after death. They sometimes practiced human sacrifice to cure gravely ill people or protect warriors in battle. The druids were suppressed in Gaul by the Romans in the first century ce and in Britain a little later. After Christianity came to Ireland, they lost their priestly functions, but survived as poets, historians, and judges.

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How An Upgrade Feels Popular Mechanics’ copy chief (a former level 90 druid in World of Warcraft) tested the new Razer Blade ($1,900). Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Into the High-Powered World of Gaming PCs," 20 Sep. 2018 Back on the North Side, Fried and Sanchez stopped for an annual inspection at the home of Natalie McCallum, owner of a mastiff-boxer mix named Mugs, short for Mug Ruith, a powerful druid of Irish mythology. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Thousands of dog bites in S.A. include three-dozen cases against dangerous dogs," 26 May 2018 The nature-loving druid in question, David Brower, was an uncompromising wilderness champion. BostonGlobe.com, "Biographies highlight some key figures in environmentalism," 27 Apr. 2018 Dozens of pagans and druids head to Stonehenge, an iconic site in England, to pay tribute to the sun during the solstice. Time, "4 Winter Solstice Rituals From Around the World," 13 Dec. 2017 One of the most famous solstice celebrations occurs at the ancient Stonehenge ruins in Wiltshire, England, where druids, pagans and other revelers gather each year to celebrate the event. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Thursday's winter solstice marks the longest night of the year," 19 Dec. 2017 The title character, a high priestess of a druid clan living in Gaul under oppressive Roman occupation, is the unquestioned leader of her community. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: Star Singers Lift a Muddled ‘Norma’ at the Metropolitan Opera," 26 Sep. 2017 One of the most famous solstice celebrations occurs at the ancient Stonehenge ruins in England, where druids, pagans and other revelers gather each year to celebrate the event. Editors, USA TODAY, "5 things you need to know Thursday," 21 Dec. 2017 Last year, pagans and druids were among the thousands to visit the ancient Neolithic monument and watch the sun rise on the shortest day of the year. Alex Scimecca, Fortune, "14 Photos of the Winter Solstice to Get You Ready for the Longest Night of the Year," 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of druid

1563, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for druid

Latin druides, druidae, plural, from Gaulish druides; akin to Old Irish druí druid, and perhaps to Old English trēow tree

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druid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of druid

: a member of a group of priests in an ancient British religion

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