noun, often capitalized
dru·​id | \ ˈdrü-id How to pronounce druid (audio) \

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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druidic \ drü-​ˈi-​dik How to pronounce druidic (audio) \ or druidical \ drü-​ˈi-​di-​kəl How to pronounce druidical (audio) \ 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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Occasionally, Scragg himself features in a post—black eye liner, druid-like face tattoos, a naval-length ginger beard that coalesces into a single dreadlock—a true influencer in the world of the macabre. Oscar Schwartz, WIRED, "There’s a Thriving Market for Human Body Parts on Instagram," 21 Aug. 2019 Visitors and modern-day druids gathered to see the sunrise marking the start of the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Marc Martin, latimes.com, "Stonehenge dawn patrol: Modern-day druids and others celebrate summer solstice," 21 June 2019 According to Stukeley’s book, Stonehenge, a temple restor’d to the British druids, published in 1740, the monument was built as a guide to the solstices. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Here's Why Stonehenge Is Connected to the Summer Solstice," 20 June 2019 And at Stonehenge's equinox celebrations in England, druids, pagans, and anyone else who wants to join in gather to witness the sunrise over the ancient stones. National Geographic, "What is an equinox, and why does it happen?," 19 Mar. 2019 At the famed British site Stonehenge, as many as 1,000 druids and pagans still gather annually on the spring equinox to watch dawn break over the prehistoric monument. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "What Exactly Is the Spring Equinox?," 19 Mar. 2019 Like the topography of its namesake, this green mana exudes raw natural energy, relying on aggressive buffs and all manner of beasts, elves, and druids of the wood to bring you victory. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 After telling Brianna the happy news about Claire and Jamie, Roger heads home to discover that Fiona (the granddaughter of Reverend Wakefield's druid housekeeper) has done some sleuthing of her own. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Season 4 Episode 4 Reveals How Claire & Jamie May Die," 26 Nov. 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of druid

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

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