gillie

noun

gil·​lie ˈgi-lē How to pronounce gillie (audio)
variants or ghillie
1
: a male attendant on a Scottish Highland chief
broadly : attendant
2
chiefly Scotland and Ireland : a fishing and hunting guide
3
: a shoe with a low top and decorative lacing

Word History

Etymology

Scottish Gaelic gille & Irish giolla youth, gillie

First Known Use

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gillie was in 1705

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Cite this Entry

“Gillie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gillie. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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