Definition of Welsh noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//welʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//welʃ//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the Celtic language of Wales Do you speak Welsh? Culture Welsh is spoken as a first language by about 16% of the population of Wales, mainly in the north and west of the country. Groups like the Welsh Language Society and the Welsh Language Board encourage its use. Welsh and English are the official languages of the Welsh Assembly and its laws are written in both languages. Welsh is taught as a first or second language in all schools in Wales and other subjects are taught in Welsh in about 500 schools. Road signs, etc. in Wales are in both Welsh and English. There are also programmes in Welsh on the Welsh radio station, Radio Cymru, and on the television station S4C. See related entries: Languages
  2. 2the Welsh [plural] the people of Wales
  3. Word OriginOld English Welisc, Wælisc, from a Germanic word meaning ‘foreigner’, from Latin Volcae, the name of a Celtic people.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Welsh