1. A Gaelic-speaking Celt of Scotland, Ireland, or the Isle of Man.
2. A Scottish Highlander.
[Scottish Gaelic Gaidheal and Irish Gaelic Gael, both from Old Irish Goídil; see GOIDELIC.]
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