cuan

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See also: cuàn, cuán, cuān, cúan, and cúán

Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish cúan, from Proto-Indo-European *kapno-, from *keh₂p- ‎(to grasp).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cuan m ‎(genitive singular cuain, nominative plural cuanta)

  1. bay
  2. harbour
  3. port

Declension[edit]

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Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
cuan chuan gcuan
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References[edit]

  • "cuan" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • 2 cúan” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

cuan

  1. Nonstandard spelling of cuān.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of cuán.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of cuàn.

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Irish cúan ‎(bay, gulf, harbor), from Proto-Indo-European *kapno-, from *keh₂p- ‎(to grasp).

Noun[edit]

cuan m ‎(genitive singular cuain, plural cuantan or cuaintean or cuanta)

  1. sea, ocean, the deep
  2. large lake
  3. (rare) harbour, haven, bay
  4. deceit
  5. multitude
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Irish cúan ‎(litter (of pups or other young animals); pack (of dogs, wolves, etc.); family, band, company), from ‎(hound).

Noun[edit]

cuan m

  1. pack of hounds or wolves

References[edit]

  • 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 0 901771 92 9
  • 1 cúan” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • 2 cúan” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin quam.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

cuan

  1. how, to what extent.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Used with adjectives. Rare in modern speech, usually replaced with que, tan, or cuanto. Written with an accent mark (cuán) when exclamative, as in ¡cuán grande es!