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Druid Explained

druid at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


Druid at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1509, from O.Fr. druide, from L. Druidae (pl.), from Gaulish Druides, from O.Celt. *derwijes, representing O.Celt. derwos "true" and *dru- "tree" (especially oak) + *wid- "to know" (cf. vision). Hence, lit., perhaps, "they who know the oak." O.E., too, had the same word for "tree" and "truth" (treow). The Eng. form comes via L., not immediately from Celtic. The O.Ir. form was drui (dat. and acc. druid; pl. druad); Mod.Ir. and Gael. draoi, gen. druadh "magician, sorcerer." Not to be confused with United Ancient Order of Druids, secret benefit society founded in London 1781. ///

druid at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [C] [Date: 1500-1600; Language: Latin; Origin: druides, from Gaulish; related to tree]// a member of an ancient group of priests, in Britain, Ireland, and France, before the Christian religion//

Druid at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Member 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 were exempt from 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 transmigration of souls. 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 1st cent. AD and in Britain a little later. They lost their priestly functions in Ireland after the coming of Christianity but survived as poets, historians, and judges. See also Celtic religion.

Druid at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

72 Moby Thesaurus words for "Druid":
Cassandra, Druidess, Parsi, Sabaist, Zoroastrian, animal worshiper,
anthropolater, arborolater, archaeolater, astrologer, augur,
calamity howler, chthonian, crystal gazer, daduchus,
demon worshiper, demonolater, dendrolater, devil worshiper,
divinator, diviner, divineress, epopt, fetishist, fire worshiper,
flamen, forecaster, foreknower, foreseer, foreshower, foreteller,
fortuneteller, geomancer, haruspex, hierodule, hierophant, hieros,
idol worshiper, idolater, idolatress, idolatrizer, idolist,
idolizer, mystes, nature worshiper, ophiolater, palmist,
phallic worshiper, predictor, prefigurer, presager, prognosticator,
prophesier, prophet, prophet of doom, prophetess, psychic,
pyrolater, pythoness, religious prophets, seer, seeress,
snake worshiper, soothsayer, star worshiper, sun worshiper,
theriolater, therolater, tree worshiper, vates, weather prophet,

Druid at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

a priest of an ancient Celtic religion

Druid at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

a priest of an ancient Celtic religion

Druid at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Druid \Dru"id\, n. [L. Druides; of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. &
Gael. draoi, druidh, magician, Druid, W. derwydd Druid.]
1. One of an order of priests which in ancient times existed
among certain branches of the Celtic race, especially
among the Gauls and Britons.

Note: The Druids superintended the affairs of religion and
morality, and exercised judicial functions. They
practiced divination and magic, and sacrificed human
victims as a part of their worship. They consisted of
three classes; the bards, the vates or prophets, and
the Druids proper, or priests. Their most sacred rites
were performed in the depths of oak forests or of

2. A member of a social and benevolent order, founded in
London in 1781, and professedly based on the traditions of
the ancient Druids. Lodges or groves of the society are
established in other countries.

{Druid stones}, a name given, in the south of England, to
weatherworn, rough pillars of gray sandstone scattered
over the chalk downs, but in other countries generally in
the form of circles, or in detached pillars.

druid at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n : a pre-Christian priest among the Celts of ancient Gaul and
Britain and Ireland

druid at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: also » Druid


Inter: wikipedi » a


The earliest record of the term is reported in Greek as Inter: term » Δρυΐδαι|tr=druidai (plural), cited in Category: w - :Diogenes Laertius|Diogenes Laertius in the 3rd century CE. The native Celtic word for "druid" is first attested in Latin texts as druides (plural) and other texts also employ the form druidae (akin to the Greek form). It is understood that the Latin form is a borrowing from Inter: etyl » cel-gau|en. the word is cognate with the later insular Celtic words, Old Irish druí ("druid, sorcerer") and early Welsh dryw ("seer"). The proto-Celtic word may be *dru-wid-s (literally, "oak-knower"), from Inter: etyl » ine-pro|en Inter: recons » dóru||tree|lang=ine-pro and Inter: recons » weyd-||to see|lang=ine-pro.


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /ˈdɹuː.ɪd/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"dr\u:.Id/


Inter: en-nou » n
  • One of an order of priests among certain groups of Celts before the adoption of Christianity.

    Usage notes

    * Often capitalized: Inter: term » Druid|lang=en.

    Derived terms

    * druidic
    • druidism


      Inter: trans-top » an order of priests
    • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|դրուիդ|tr=druid|sc=Armn
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|druida|m
    • Chinese: 德魯伊
    • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|druido
    • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|druiidi
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|druidi
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|druide|m
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Druide|m
    • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|druida
    • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|draoi

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t- » it|druida|m|f, Inter: qualifier » uncommon Inter: t- » it|druido|m
  • Japanese: ドルイド (doruido)
  • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|друид|m|tr=drúid
  • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|druide|m
  • Old English: Inter: t- » ang|dry|m|alt=drȳ
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|druida|m
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|друид|m|tr=druíd
  • Scottish Gaelic: draoidh {{m}}
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|druida|m

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
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    * Inter: IPA » lang=ga|d̪ˠɾˠɪdʲ

    Etymology 1

    From Inter: etyl » sga|ga Inter: term » truit|lang=sga, from Inter: etyl » cel-pro|ga Inter: recons » trozdi-|lang=cel-pro, from Inter: etyl » ine-pro|ga Inter: recons » trozdo-||thrush|lang=ine-pro; compare Latin Inter: term » turdus|lang=la, German Inter: term » Drossel|lang=de, and Inter: term » thrush.


    Inter: head » ga|noun|g=f
  • starling
    Inter: ga-decl-f2 » d|ruid|ruide|pl=ruideanna

    Etymology 2

    From Inter: etyl » sga|ga Inter: term » druitid|lang=sga, possibly related to Welsh Inter: term » drws||door|lang=cy.


    Inter: ga-verb » pres=druideann|fut=druidfidh|vn=druidim|pp=druidte

  • to move relative to something
    1. Inter: Ulster » lang=ga to close
      Inter: ga-conj-1a » d|rui|d|slender|vn=druidim


      Inter: ga mut cons » d|ruid

    Category: Category:ga:Birds -

    Scottish Gaelic


    Inter: gd-noun » g=f|gen=druide|pl=druidean
  • starling

  • Category: Category:False cognates and false friends in Scottish Gaelic -
    Translation: et » druid
    Translation: el » druid
    Translation: fa » druid
    Translation: fr » druid
    Translation: gl » druid
    Translation: ko » druid
    Translation: io » druid
    Translation: lt » druid
    Translation: hu » druid
    Translation: mg » druid
    Translation: my » druid
    Translation: oc » druid
    Translation: pl » druid
    Translation: ro » druid
    Translation: ru » druid
    Translation: sl » druid
    Translation: fi » druid
    Translation: te » druid
    Translation: vi » druid

    Druid at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » druid



    Inter: en-nou » n
  • Inter: alternative form of » druid
    1. A follower of Neo-druidism.

    Translation: my » Druid
    Translation: sl » Druid