àlainn

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Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish álaind; *ad-lainn; See loinn. Stokes prefers referring it to áil, pleasant, *pagli-, English fair, root pag. But ra-laind, pleasant, *ad-pland (Holden).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [aːɫ̪ɪɲ], /aːɫ̪ɪɲ/

Adjective[edit]

àlainn (comparative and superlative forms àlainne)

  1. beautiful, lovely.
    "'S àlainn an gille bàn sin ann...!" ("Beautiful is that fair-haired lad over there...").

An Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language, Alexander MacBain, Gairm Publications, 1982