Focal an Lae #23
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: nua (NOO-uh)

Meaning: nua = new


History: Old Irish has variously “nuie, nue, nuae”, derived from Common Celtic *nowiyos. Compare Welsh “newydd”, Breton “nevez” and the Gaulish placename “Noviodunum” (new fort), which has become “Nyon, Nyons” in modern French. The ultimate source is the Indo-European root *newo- (new).

Scottish Gaelic: nuadh or nodha, but these words are rarely used; the more common word is “ùr” (OOR) - which is also used in Irish, where it can mean either “fresh” or “new”.

2008-06-19 CPD