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From Old Irish bérlacair, borrowed from Late Latin vernāculāris, from Latin vernāculus (domestic, indigenous, of or pertaining to home-born slaves), from verna (a native, a home-born slave (one born in his master’s house)), influenced in form by bélre (language, speech) (compare modern Béarla (English language)).


béarlagair m (genitive singular béarlagair)

  1. jargon
  2. slang


Derived terms[edit]


Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
béarlagair bhéarlagair mbéarlagair
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]

  • "béarlagair" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • jargon” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.
  • slang” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.