Focal an Lae #181
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: lann (LAHN) [lan]

Meaning: lann = land; site; building

“Lann” is pretty much archaic as an independent word, but is verymuch alive as an element in compounds, such as the following:

History: Old Irish “land” (land, plot, building, church) and Welsh “llan” (yard, church, parish) come from Common Celtic *landā, which comes from Indo-European *lendh- (open land). Cognates in English include “land” and “lawn”, which comes from Old French “launde” (heath, pasture), probably a borrowing from Gaulish *landā (heath, moor).

Scottish Gaelic: lann

2008-06-19 CPD