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See also: Ardian and ardían



A compounding of the Scottish Gaelic àrd (chief) + eun (bird).


ardian (plural ardians)

  1. (military, historical) A proposed but unadopted air-officer rank of the Royal Air Force equivalent to air vice-marshal.
    • 1936, The Periodical XXI–XXII, page 67
      A list of new titles was manufactured as follows: Ensign, Lieutenant, Flight-Leader, Squadron-Leader, Reeve, Banneret, Fourth-Ardian, Third-Ardian, Second-Ardian, Ardian, Air Marshal. […] “Ardian” comes from the Gaelic “Ard” meaning “chief”, and “Ian” or “Eun”, a “bird”.

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