Focal an Lae #179
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: céim (KAYM) [k′eːm′]

Meaning: céim = step; degree; rank


History: Old Irish “céim”, Welsh “cam” and Breton “kammed” all meaning “step”, derive from Common Celtic *kanks-smen, which goes back to the Indo-European *kngh-smn, from the root *ghengh- (to go, walk). The Gaulish *kammano-, Latinized as *cammino-, is the source of Spanish “camino” and French “chemin”, both meaning “road”. The IE root *ghengh- gives us English “gang” as in “gangway” and “gangplank”

Scottish Gaelic: ceum

2008-06-19 CPD