álainn

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See also: alainn and àlainn

Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish álaind ‎(beautiful, fine, lovely).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Waterford, Cork) IPA(key): /ˈɑːl̪ˠɪɲ/
  • (Kerry) IPA(key): /ˈɑːl̪ˠənʲ/
  • (Aran) IPA(key): /ˈɑːliːn̠ʲ/
  • (Connemara, Mayo) IPA(key): /ˈɑːlˠən̠ʲ/
  • (Ulster) IPA(key): /ˈæːlˠən̠ʲ/

Adjective[edit]

álainn ‎(genitive singular masculine álainn, genitive singular feminine áille, plural áille, comparative áille)

  1. beautiful, fair, lovely
  2. delightful

Usage notes[edit]

Takes the adverbial construction go hálainn when used predicatively after a form of :

  • Tá an crann seo go hálainn.
    This tree is beautiful.

Declension[edit]

Synonyms[edit]

Mutation[edit]

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

References[edit]

  • álaind” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • “álainn” in Foclóir Gaeḋilge agus Béarla, Irish Texts Society, 1927, by Patrick S. Dinneen.
  • Franz Nikolaus Finck, 1899, Die araner mundart, Marburg: Elwert’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, vol. II, 15.
  • "álainn" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.