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See also: seòl


Alternative forms[edit]


Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Irish séol (sail; bed, couch; weaving implement, loom; course; manner, way), borrowed from Old English seġl, seġel, from Proto-Germanic *seglą.


seol m (genitive singular seoil, nominative plural seolta)

  1. (sailing) sail
  2. (literary) covering, canopy
  3. drift, trend; course, direction; flow, motion
  4. (crafts) loom
  5. (literary, uncountable) bed, couch
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle Irish séolaid (sails, steers; launches, casts; sends, dispatches; shows the way, guides; directs, trains, teaches; advances, proceeds; instructs), from séol (sail, noun).


seol (present analytic seolann, future analytic seolfaidh, verbal noun seoladh, past participle seolta) (transitive, intransitive)

  1. sail
  2. send, dispatch; direct, guide
  3. address
  4. conduct, handle
  5. (electricity, heat) conduct
  6. (sailing) navigate
  7. (of goods) ship
  8. (book, CD) launch
Derived terms[edit]
  • seoléadach (sailcloth)
  • seoladán (conduit)
  • seoladh (sailing, sail; course, direction; guidance; dispatch; opening statement; address; conduction)
  • seoltóir (sailor; sender, remitter; drover; conductor)


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

Further reading[edit]

  • "seol" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • séol” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • séolaid” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.