Deirdre

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Deirdre

  1. (Irish mythology) The foremost tragic heroine in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology. Daughter of Fedlimid mac Daill. At birth, Cathbad foretold that she would be very beautiful, but that kings and lords would go to war over her. She committed suicide.
  2. A female given name.
    • 1885 Frances Mabel Robinson, Mr. Butler's Ward, Vizetelly, page 95:
      Deirdre, it seemed to him, was the most beautiful name in the world. But Mrs. Stanley had different views on nomenclature. She had never, she declared, heard so utterly preposterous a name. - - -"Theatre and saltpetre are both spelt that way, Arthur; depend upon it, it is Deirder - a sort of peasant name like Darby and Biddy, a corruption of something else."
  3. A beautiful, but suicidal woman.

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From an old Celtic root meaning "mysterious", "sorrowful"

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈdʲɛɾʲədʲɾʲə]

Proper noun[edit]

Deirdre f (genitive Dheirdre)

  1. A female given name.

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
Deirdre Dheirdre nDeirdre
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From an old Celtic root meaning "mysterious", "sorrowful"

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /dɛrdrə/, /dʒɛrdʒrə/

Proper noun[edit]

Deirdre

  1. A female given name.