fáinne

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See also: fainne and fàinne

Irish[edit]

fáinne

Etymology[edit]

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 in nonleniting environments. Compare Scottish Gaelic fàinne.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

fáinne m (genitive fáinne, plural fáinní)

  1. ring
    Leis an bhfáinne seo, pósaim thú. ― With this ring, I thee wed.
  2. circle
  3. ringlet, curl
  4. halo

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Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
fáinne fháinne bhfáinne
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.