- Also called Q-Celtic. the subbranch of Celtic in which the Proto-Indo-European kw-sound remained a velar. Irish and Scottish Gaelic belong to Goidelic.
- of or belonging to Goidelic; Q-Celtic.
- another term for Goidelic
- the N group of Celtic languages, consisting of Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic, and ManxCompare Brythonic
- of, relating to, or characteristic of this group of languages
“pertaining to the branch of Celtic languages that includes Irish, Gaelic, and Manx,” 1882, coined by Sir John Rhys (and first used in his “Celtic Britain”), from Old Irish Goidel “Gael” (see Gael).