Focal an Lae #48
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: rí (REE)

Meaning: rí = king


History: Old Irish “rí” comes from Common Celtic *rix-s. The Gaulish word “rix” has been preserved in a number of personal names, such as “Dumnorix” (King of the World; cf. Irish “domhan” = world). The ultimate origin is Indo-European *rēg- (tribal king), from the root *reg- (to move in a straight line, to lead). Cognates in English include “rich”, “regal” and a recent borrowing from Sanskrit, “maharajah”.

Scottish Gaelic: rìgh

2008-06-19 CPD