clé

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See also: CLE

French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • clef (less common)

Etymology[edit]

According to Bescherelle, the spelling clé had replaced clef by 1845. Middle French clef < Old French clef < Latin clāvem, accusative singular clāvis.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

clé f (plural clés)

  1. key (device for unlocking)
  2. key (essential attribute)
    La différence est la clé de l'existence.
    Difference is the key to existence.
  3. wrench, spanner

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Irish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish clé, from Proto-Celtic *klēyā, substantivization of the adjective *klēyos (left(hand)). Cognate with Scottish Gaelic clì and Welsh cledd.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /clʲeː/
  • (Galway) IPA(key): /clʲiː/ (corresponding to the form clí)

Noun[edit]

clé f (genitive singular clé)

  1. left (side opposite right)

Declension[edit]

  • Archaic dative singular: clí

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
clé chlé gclé
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References[edit]

  • clé” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • “clé” in Foclóir Gaeḋilge agus Béarla, Irish Texts Society, 1927, by Patrick S. Dinneen.
  • "clé" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.

Karankawa[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

clé

  1. water

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References[edit]

  • Anthony P. Grant, Karankawa Linguitic Materials, Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, volume 19, number 2 (1994)