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Definition of Druid

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Celtic priest of ancient Gaul and Britain
Druid Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
One of an order of priests which in ancient times existed among certain branches of the Celtic race, especially among the Gauls and Britons.
  
(n.)
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.
  
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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 caves.
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.


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Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
draoi m.
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Derwydd = n. a druid
Dryw = n. a druid; a wren
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a pre-Christian priest among the Celts of ancient Gaul and Britain and Ireland
(hypernym) priest, non-Christian priest
Druid Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
UK Post Codes and Counties
County:  Denbighshire
Post Code: LL21
Druid Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
A druid was a member of the priestly class among the Celtic peoples of Gaul, Britain, Ireland, and possibly elsewhere during the Iron Age. Very little is known about the ancient druids. They left no written accounts of themselves and the only evidence is a few descriptions left by Greek, Roman and various scattered authors and artists, as well as stories created by later medieval Irish writers. While archaeological evidence has been uncovered pertaining to the religious practices of the Iron Age people, "not one single artefact or image has been unearthed that can undoubtedly be connected with the ancient Druids." Various recurring themes emerge in a number of the Greco-Roman accounts of the druids, including that they performed human sacrifice, believed in a form of reincarnation, and held a high position in Gaulish society. Next to nothing is known about their cultic practice, except for the ritual of oak and mistletoe as described by Pliny the Elder.

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