cailín

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From caile (maid) +‎ -ín (diminutive).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cailín m (genitive cailín, nominative plural cailíní)

  1. girl
  2. young, unmarried woman
  3. Female servant
  4. useful thing (referring to a feminine noun)
    Is í an druil an cailín chun na hoibre.
    The drill is the right tool for the job.

Usage notes[edit]

This noun is masculine because of the suffix -ín. Nevertheless, the feminine pronouns and í are used for the referent.

Inflection[edit]

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Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
cailín chailín gcailín
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.