Focal an Lae #144
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: bris (BRISH) [b′r′is′]

Meaning: bris = to break; to cash; loss


History: Old Irish “brisid” (breaks) comes from Indo-European *bhri-s-, from the root *bhréi- (to cut, break). An English cognate is “debris”, which comes from the French “briser” (to break), which derives from Vulgar Latin “brisare” (to press grapes), which is believed to come from a Gaulish (i.e., Celtic) word.

Scottish Gaelic: bris

2008-06-19 CPD