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See also: céile and -cèile

Scottish Gaelic[edit]


From Old Irish céile (servant, bondsman, vassal, subject; liege, vassal; fellow, companion; husband, wife), from Primitive Irish ᚉᚓᚂᚔ (celi, follower, devotee (genitive))}}, from Proto-Celtic *kēlyos.


  • IPA(key): [kʰʲeːlɪ], /kʰʲeːlə/


cèile m, f (genitive singular cèile, plural cèilean)

  1. spouse, husband, wife
    Chan eil cèile agam.I don't have a husband/wife/spouse.
  2. counterpart, fellow; equal, match
  3. other
    An dèidh sin, phòg iad a chèile.After that they kissed each other.
    Bha iad a' bruidhinn ri chèile.They were speaking with each other.
    Tha na taighean caob math bho chèile.The houses are a good bit apart [from one another].
  4. servant


Scottish Gaelic mutation
Radical Lenition
cèile chèile
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Derived terms[edit]



  1. Alternative form of a chèile


  • Faclair Gàidhlig Dwelly Air Loidhne, Dwelly, Edward (1911), Faclair Gàidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan/The Illustrated [Scottish] Gaelic-English Dictionary (10th ed.), Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited, →ISBN
  • céile” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.