Focal an Lae #108
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: ceol (KYOHL) [k′oːl]

Meaning: ceol = music


History: Old Irish “céol” is probably a doublet of “cétal” (singing, song), the verbal noun of “canaid” (sings). “Cétal”, Welsh “cathl” (melody, song) and Breton “kentel” (lesson) all come from Common Celtic *kantlom, from the Indo-European root *kan- (sing). English cognates include “chant”, “recant” and “cantor”. In Modern Irish “can” means “chant; speak”, and in Scottish Gaelic it means “say”.

Scottish Gaelic: ceòl

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