Focal an Lae #132
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: ard (AWRD) [aːrd]

Meaning: ard = high; tall; loud; height


History: Old Irish “ard”, Welsh “ardd” and Gaulish “ardu-” (steep) come from Common Celtic *ardwos, from Indo-European *ṛəd-wo-, the suffixed zero grade of the root *erəd- (high). A good English cognate is “arduous”, from Latin “arduus” (high, steep). “Les Ardennes”, a plateau region in northern France and southern Belgium, comes from the Gaulish “arduenna” (steep or high place).

Scottish Gaelic: àrd

2008-06-19 CPD