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Clipping of Sacs-Bhéarla (Saxon language) from béarla (speech, language), from Old Irish bélrae, from bél (mouth). Compare Scottish Gaelic Beurla.


Proper noun[edit]

Béarla m (genitive Béarla)

  1. English (language)
    Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla cliste. (proverb)
    Broken Irish is better than clever English.

Usage notes[edit]

The definite article is not always used with this noun.

Derived terms[edit]

Related terms[edit]


Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
Béarla Bhéarla mBéarla
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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