seisear

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Irish[edit]

seisear

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish seisser.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

seisear m (genitive singular seisir, nominative plural seisir) (triggers no mutation)

  1. group of six people
    • 1894 March 1, Peadar Mac Fionnlaoigh, “An rí nach robh le fagháil bháis”, in Irisleabhar na Gaedhilge, volume 1:5, Dublin: Gaelic Union, pages 185–88:
      Bhí sé pósta ar sheisear ban i ndiaidh a chéile, acht do mharbhuigh sé alig an tsaoghal iad, ar eagla go mbeidheadh páistídhe ar bith aca.
      He was married to six wives, one after another, but he killed all-in-the-world of them for fear they should have any children at all.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Generally used with the genitive plural when referring to human beings; also sometimes used with other nouns, especially if the things they denote are being personified.

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Related terms[edit]

  • (six) (non-personal)

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
seisear sheisear
after an, tseisear
not applicable
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]


Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish seisser.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

seisear m (genitive singular seiseir, plural seisearan)

  1. six
    Synonym: sianar

Usage notes[edit]

  • Only used about persons (cf numerical noun).
  • Following noun is in the genitive:
    seisear bhalachsix boys
  • Alternatively, de and the dative are used:
    seisear de bhalaichsix boys
  • Prepositional pronouns used are those formed from de and aig
    an seisear dhiubh / acathe six of them
  • Also used on its own:
    Bha seisear ann.There were six.

Related terms[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Scottish Gaelic mutation
Radical Lenition
seisear sheisear
after "an", t-seisear
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References[edit]

  • seisear” in Edward Dwelly, Faclair Gàidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan/The Illustrated [Scottish] Gaelic–English Dictionary, 10th edition, Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited, 1911, →ISBN.
  • Gregory Toner, Maire Ní Mhaonaigh, Sharon Arbuthnot, Dagmar Wodtko, Maire-Luise Theuerkauf, editors (2019), “seisser”, in eDIL: Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language