Focal an Lae #145
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: céad (KAYD) [k′eːd]

Meaning: céad = first


History: The Old Irish prefix “cét-”, Welsh “cynt” (earlier) and “cyntaf” (first), and Gaulish “cintux(os)” all come from Common Celtic *kintu- (first), which derives from the Indo-European root *ken- (fresh, new, young). Cognates in English include “Cenozoic” (from Greek elements meaning “new life”) and “recent” (from Latin “recens, recentis” = fresh, new).

Scottish Gaelic: ciad

2008-06-19 CPD