gil·​lie | \ ˈgi-lē How to pronounce gillie (audio) \
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Definition of gillie

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

Examples of gillie in a Sentence

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First Known Use of gillie

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gillie

Scottish Gaelic gille & Irish giolla youth, gillie

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