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aonar m (genitive aonair)

  1. (literary) one, lone, person
  2. (with i and possessive pronoun) aloneness, solitariness
    • Tá sí ina haonar.
      • She is alone.



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

Usage notes[edit]

The meaning "alone" is achieved by combining this noun with the preposition i (in) and the possessive determiner agreeing with the person of whom being alone is predicated, as:

Rinne mé i m'aonar é.
I did it alone.
Tá tú i do chónaí i d'aonar.
You (singular) are living alone.
Bhí sé ina aonar.
He was alone.
Tá sí ina haonar.
She is alone.
Chuaimid ansin inár n-aonar.
We went there alone.
Bhí sibh ag canadh in bhur n-aonar.
You (plural) were singing alone.
Tá siad ag siúl ina n-aonar.
They are walking alone.

Derived terms[edit]

Scottish Gaelic[edit]


aonar m

  1. one

Usage notes[edit]

  • Only used about persons (cf numerical noun).
  • Usually used together with a prepositional pronoun derived from an (in) to express exclusiveness, loneliness etc:
    rinn i seo na h-aonar - she did this alone/solo/on her own (literally "she did this in her one")
    bha e na aonar - he was alone (literally "he was in his one")
    tha mi a' fuireach nam aonar - I live alone (literally "I am living in my one")

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