From Old Irish áinne, from Proto-Celtic *ānniyos (“ring”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁eh₂n- (“ring”). Possibly cognate with Latin ānus and Old Armenian անուր (anur). The initial f comes from a reinterpretation of áinne as fháinne in leniting environments, leading to fáinne as a back-formation from this supposedly underlying form in nonleniting environments. Compare Scottish Gaelic fàinne.
- (Waterford) IPA(key): /ˈfˠɑːɲə/
- (Cork, Kerry, Connacht) IPA(key): /ˈfˠɑːn̠ʲə/
- (Ulster) IPA(key): /ˈfˠæːn̠ʲə/
fáinne m (genitive singular fáinne, nominative plural fáinní)
Forms with the definite article
|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.