gallowglass
noun Etymology: modification of Irish gallóglach, from gall foreigner + óglach young man, warrior Date: circa 1515 1. a mercenary or retainer of an Irish chief 2. an armed Irish foot soldier

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  • Gallowglass — Gal low*glass , n. [Ir. galloglach. Cf. {Gillie}.] A heavy armed foot soldier from Ireland and the Western Isles in the time of Edward ? Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gallowglass — [gal′ō glas΄] n. alt. sp. of GALLOGLASS …   English World dictionary

  • Gallowglass — The gallowglass were a mercenary warrior élite among Gaelic Norse clans residing in the Western Isles of Scotland (or, Hebrides) and Scottish Highlands from the mid 13th century to the end of the 16th century. As Scots, they were Gaels and shared …   Wikipedia

  • Gallowglass — Soldado hébrido. Los Gallowglass fueron unos guerreros mercenarios de élite entre los clanes Noruego gaélicos que residían en las islas y montañas del oeste de Escocia, las Hébridas, desde mediados del siglo XIII hasta el final del siglo XVI …   Wikipedia Español

  • gallowglass — /gal oh glas , glahs /, n. Irish Hist. galloglass. * * * …   Universalium

  • gallowglass — noun A mercenary warrior élite among Gaelic Norse clans residing in the Western Isles of Scotland and Scottish Highlands from the mid 13th century to the end of the 16th century …   Wiktionary

  • Gallowglass — Bands of *mercenaries, foot soldiers, from Scotland, who went to fight the English in Ireland. They wore a light armour, with distinctive helmets, their weapon of choice being a *poleaxe. They were often attended by two squires. Later the word… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • gallowglass — n. Irish foot soldier; servant of an Irish chief (also galloglass) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gallowglass — gal·low·glass …   English syllables

  • gallowglass — ˈgalōˌglas noun ( es) Etymology: Irish Gaelic gallōglach, from gall foreigner + ōglach servant, soldier, youth, from Old Irish ōclach youth, from ōac young; akin to Welsh ieuanc young, Old English geong more at young 1. : one of a class of… …   Useful english dictionary

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