féile

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Irish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Irish féil (festival, feast day) (compare Scottish Gaelic fèill), from Latin vigilia (wakefulness, watch), from vigil (awake), from Proto-Indo-European *weǵ- (to be strong).

Noun[edit]

féile f (genitive singular féile, nominative plural féilte)

  1. (Christianity) feast, feast day,
  2. festival
    Synonyms: feis
  3. hospitality
    Synonyms: aíocht, fáilte, flaithiúlacht
Declension[edit]
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Irish féile (modesty, generosity), from Proto-Celtic *wēliyā (modesty); synchronically analyzable as fial +‎ -e. Cognate with Welsh gwyledd.

Noun[edit]

féile f (genitive singular féile)

  1. generosity, hospitality
Declension[edit]

Adjective[edit]

féile

  1. inflection of fial:
    1. genitive singular feminine
    2. comparative

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
féile fhéile bhféile
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]


Old Irish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Celtic *wēliyā (modesty); synchronically analyzable as fíal +‎ -e. Cognate with Welsh gwyledd.

Noun[edit]

féile f (genitive féili, no plural)

  1. modesty, generosity
Declension[edit]
Feminine iā-stem
Singular Dual Plural
Nominative féileL
Vocative féileL
Accusative féiliN
Genitive féile
Dative féiliL
Initial mutations of a following adjective:
  • H = triggers aspiration
  • L = triggers lenition
  • N = triggers nasalization

Etymology 2[edit]

See etymology on the main entry.

Noun[edit]

féile f

  1. genitive singular of féil

Mutation[edit]

Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
féile ḟéile féile
pronounced with /v(ʲ)-/
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.