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a party, gathering, or the like, at which singing and storytelling are the usual forms of entertainment.
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(esp in Scotland and Ireland) an informal social gathering with folk music, singing, dancing, and storytelling

1875, from Irish céilidhe, from Old Irish céle “companion,” from PIE *kei-liyo-, from root *kei- “beloved, dear,” primarily “to lie; bed, couch” (see cemetery).


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