From Old Irish glain (“crystal, glass”), which was related to and confused with glaine, gloine (“glass, crystal”, literally “clearness, cleanness”) (compare modern Irish gloine), from glan (“clean, pure, clear, bright, exact, complete”).
glainne f (genitive singular glainne, plural glainneachan)
- (glasses): speuclairean
- As in English, the word may refer either to the substance or to a container, and the plural can have the meaning of glasses, spectacles.
- 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
- “glain” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
- “1 glaine” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.