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Alternative forms[edit]


Originally the dative singular, from Old Irish muinter.



muintir f (genitive singular muintire, nominative plural muintireacha)

  1. parents
    • 1938, Peig Sayers, “Inghean an Cheannaidhe”[1]:
      Ní raibh aoinne cloinne age n-a muinntir ach í agus do mhéaduigh sin uirrim agus grádh na ndaoine don inghean óg so.
      Her parents had no children but her, and that increased the esteem and love of the people for this young girl.
  2. relative
  3. people, folk, tribe, nation, band

Usage notes[edit]

  • When used by itself, in modern Irish it refers to ‘parents’;
  • When used with a following attributive noun, it means ‘folk’ or ‘people’:
    muintir na hÉireann (the Irish)
    muintir na Spáinne (the Spanish)



Derived terms[edit]


Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
muintir mhuintir not applicable
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.


  1. ^ M. L. Sjoestedt-Jonval, 1936, Description d’un parler irlandais de Kerry, Paris: Librairie Ancienne Honoré Champion, p. 193.

Further reading[edit]

  • "muintir" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • muintir” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • “muinntear” in Foclóir Gaeḋilge agus Béarla, Irish Texts Society, 2nd ed., 1927, by Patrick S. Dinneen.