taoiseach

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Irish taoiseach, from Old Irish toísech, from Primitive Irish ᚈᚑᚃᚔᚄᚐᚉᚓ (tovisaci) (genitive), from Proto-Celtic *towissākos.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtiːʃəx/, /ˈtiːʃək/

Noun[edit]

taoiseach (plural taoiseachs or taoisigh)

  1. Head of the Irish government, comparable to a UK or Australian Prime Minister.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In English, when used as a title the word should always be capitalised.
  • When describing the political position, the word is sometimes capitalised but lower case is typically used.

Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish toísech (leader), from Primitive Irish ᚈᚑᚃᚔᚄᚐᚉᚓ (tovisaci) (genitive), from Proto-Celtic *towissākos (leader) (compare Welsh tywysog (prince)), from either Proto-Indo-European *wedh- (lead) or Proto-Indo-European *weid- (know, see).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

taoiseach m (genitive taoisigh, nominative plural taoisigh)

  1. chieftain, leader
  2. Taoiseach, prime minister

Declension[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
taoiseach thaoiseach dtaoiseach
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.