See also: Galego




  1. Galician (language)


Inflection of galego (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
nominative galego
genitive galegon
partitive galegoa
illative galegoon
singular plural
nominative galego
accusative nom. galego
gen. galegon
genitive galegon
partitive galegoa
inessive galegossa
elative galegosta
illative galegoon
adessive galegolla
ablative galegolta
allative galegolle
essive galegona
translative galegoksi
abessive galegotta
Possessive forms of galego (type valo)
possessor singular plural
1st person galegoni galegomme
2nd person galegosi galegonne
3rd person galegonsa



Galegos: Galician pipe band Dambara at Lorient, 2012
Galegos: Galician dance group As beiras do Ulla, Lorient, 2012


From Old Galician and Old Portuguese galego, from Latin gallaecus (a Galician), from older callaecus (a person of a local tribe from NW Iberia), from a local substrate language; either from Proto-Celtic *kallī- (wood) or from a descendant of Proto-Indo-European *kl̥H-ní-s (hill), from Proto-Indo-European *kelH-, and a relational suffix *-aecus of Lusitanian or Hispano-Celtic origin.[1]

The geographical name Gallaecia itself was derived from the ethnonym Gallaeci.


  • (standard) IPA(key): [ɡaˈleɣʊ]
  • (dialectal) IPA(key): [χaˈleχʊ], [ħaˈleħʊ]


galego m (feminine singular galega, masculine plural galegos, feminine plural galegas)

  1. Galician (pertaining to Galicia or the Galician language)
    • 1390, José Luis Pensado Tomé (ed.), Os Miragres de Santiago. Madrid: CSIC, page 19:
      «Osana fili[o] Dauidi», que quer dizer en lingoajen galego: señor faysnos saluos
      «Osana fili[o] Dauidi», which means in Galician language: señor faysnos salvos [Lord, save us]


galego m (feminine galega, masculine plural galegos, feminine plural galegas)

  1. a person from Galicia, or a person with Galician ancestry
    Nós somos galegos e os galegos sómosche asíWe are Galicians and we Galicians are like that
  2. (uncountable) Galician language

Further readingEdit


  1. ^ Moralejo, Juan J. (2008). Callaica nomina: estudios de onomástica gallega. A Coruña: Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, pages 113–148. →ISBN.


Portuguese Wikipedia has an article on:
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From Old Portuguese galego, from Latin Gallaecus, from Gallaecia.


  • IPA(key): (Brazil) /ɡaˈle.ɡu/, [ɡaˈle.ɡu]
  • IPA(key): (Portugal) /ɡɐˈle.ɡu/, [ɡɐˈle.ɣu]

  • Hyphenation: ga‧le‧go


galego m (feminine singular galega, masculine plural galegos, feminine plural galegas, not comparable)

  1. Galician (pertaining to Galicia or the Galician language)
  2. (Brazil, dialectal) blonde


galego m (plural galegos, feminine galega, feminine plural galegas)

  1. Galician person
  2. (uncountable) Galician language
  3. (Alentejo, derogatory) someone from the Norte Region of Portugal
  4. (Brazil, dialectal) blonde (a person with fair hair)
  5. (Brazil, dated) a European immigrant to Brazil, more specifically, a Portuguese or Spanish immigrant
    • Jeffrey Lesser, Immigration, Ethnicity, and National Identity in Brazil, 1808 to the Present p. 108,
    • p. 89 referring to Dicionario de Gria, Sao Paulo: Editora Preludio, 1974, p. 62
  6. (Brazil, derogatory) a Portuguese of poor education