Origin of ceilidhfrom Irish and Gaelic words meaning “visit,” ultimately from Old Irish céile, companion
Origin of ceilidhIrish Gaelic céilidhe from Old Irish célide visit from céle companion ; see kei- in Indo-European roots.
(plural ceilidhs or ceilidhean)
- An Irish or Scottish informal social gathering where traditional folk music is played, with dancing and story telling.
- Any such gathering in the Celtic diaspora.
From Scottish Gaelic cÃ¨ilidh, Irish cÃ©ilidhe, from Old Irish cÃ©ile (“companion").