gille

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gille

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of gillen

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish gilla; compare English child, Anglo-Saxon cild. Zimmer thinks it is borrowed from the Old Norse gildr (stout, brawny, of full worth), English guild, Anglo-Saxon gild (payment) (see geall), gilda (fellow).

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Noun[edit]

gille m (genitive gille, plural gillean)

  1. (dated) servant, follower
  2. boy, lad, youth (male aged from the toddler years to about the middle twenties)
  3. man, boy (as a familiar address for a male of any age)

Usage notes[edit]

  • The regular vocative a ghille is often, even in writing, shortened to 'ille.

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