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From Old Irish aicme.



aicme f (genitive aicme, plural aicmí)

  1. genus
  2. class (social grouping, based on job, wealth, etc.)
    • 1980, Díospóireachtaí párlaiminte: tuairisc oifigiúil (published in Ireland by the Oireachtas / Dáil), volume 319, page iv:
      [] cheart aire speisialta a thabhairt dóibh siúd ins an íseal aicme agus cinntiú go dtabharfai liúntais leasa shóisialaigh do dhaoine den tsórt sin a chuirfeadh ar a gcumas maireachtáil []
      Special attention should be given to those in the low [i.e. poor / working] class and social welfare allowances [should be] given to such persons to enable them to survive.
    • 1998, Máirín Nic Eoin, B'ait Leo Bean, excerpted in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, volume 5, Irish Women's Writing and Traditions (2002; ISBN 0-8147-9907-8), Contemporary Writing, 1960-2001: Feminism, Culture and Critique in Irish, page 1567:
      Is é an fáth go samhlaíonn sé an idé-eolaíocht mar uirlis de chuid an Stáit ná gur tuigeadh dó go raibh an Stát ag feidhmiú thar ceann na haicme ceannais.
      The reason is that it envisages the ideology as a tool of the State, or that it understood that the State was acting on behalf of the ruling class.
  3. family, tribe
  4. set, clique
  5. denomination (unit in a series of units of weight, money, etc.)
    • 1983, Faisnéis Ráithiuil - Banc Ceannais na hÉireann, published by the Central Bank of Ireland, page 72:
      Níor buaileadh í ach i mBaile Átha Cliath amháin agus níor buaileadh ach aicme amháin, an phingin airgid.
      It is minted only in Dublin and only one denomination is minted, the silver penny.


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Irish mutation
Radical Eclipsis with h-prothesis with t-prothesis
aicme n-aicme haicme t-aicme
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.