alanna

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Irish a leanbh (O child).

Noun[edit]

alanna (uncountable)

  1. (dialect, Ireland, as a term of address) child
    • 1872, John Fiske, Myths and Myth-Makers[1]:
      He was sentenced to be hung without any trial worth speaking of; but as he was carted to the gallows an old woman cried out, "Ach, Jimmy alanna!
    • 1902, M.E. Francis (Mrs. Francis Blundell), North, South and Over the Sea[2]:
      Well, alanna," he continued in an altered tone, "don't be frettin' yourself anyway.
    • 1905, George Bernard Shaw, The Irrational Knot[3]:
      Come here, alanna," said the voice, with mock fondness.