Focal an Lae #140
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: brí (BREE) [b′r′iː]

Meaning: brí = strength, force; sense, meaning


History: Old Irish “bríg”, Welsh “bri” (fame, distinction) and Gaulish “brīgo-” (power) derive from Common Celtic *brīgo- (strength), which comes from Indo-European *gwrī-g-, the suffixed extended form of the root *gwerə- (heavy). Cognates found in English include “brio”, “blitzkrieg” and “guru” (from Sanskrit: “heavy; serious; venerable”).

Scottish Gaelic: brìgh

2008-06-19 CPD