Focal an Lae #80
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: duine (DIH-nuh) [din′ə]

Meaning: duine = man, person, human being


History: Old Irish “duine”, Welsh “dyn” and Breton “den” all derive from a Common Celtic word that perhaps had the form *donyo-, from Indo-European *ghdhom-yo- (earthling, mortal), from *dhghem- (earth). Cognates in English include “humus”, “human” and “chthonic”.

Scottish Gaelic: duine

2008-06-19 CPD