Prydain

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle Welsh Prydein, from early Britannic *Pritanī, a variant of *Pritenī, which survives in Prydyn (Picts) and as an early borrowing in Old Irish Cruthin, Irish Cruithne (Picts). The Modern Welsh continuation of Latin Brittānia, in contrast, is Brython.

Proper noun[edit]

Prydain f

  1. Britain
    Maen nhw'n byw ym Mhrydain Fawr rwan. ― Now they live in Great Britain.

Usage notes[edit]

In medieval texts, the term often refers to the northernmost part of the island, beyond the Forth and Clyde. Where the island as a whole is meant, the phrase Ynys Prydain (Latin insula Britanniae, "Isle of Britain") is commonly used.

Derived terms[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
Prydain Brydain Mhrydain Phrydain