Focal an Lae #163
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: grá (GRAW) [graː]

Meaning: grá = love


History: Old Irish “grád” (love, affection) is now generally believed by scholars to be a semantic shift from Old Irish “grád” (grade, rank, order), which is a borrowing from Latin “gradus” (step, degree, rank), which comes from Indo-European *grad-u- (step), from the root *ghredh- (to walk, go). The obvious formal cognate is “grade”.

Scottish Gaelic: gràdh

2008-06-19 CPD