Focal an Lae #242
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: tearmann (CHAR-uh-muhn) [t′ærəmən]

Meaning: tearmann = sanctuary, refuge


History: Old Irish “termonn” (church land affording right of sanctuary; refuge) was borrowed from Latin “terminus” (limit, boundary), which came from Indo-European *ter-men- (boundary marker), from the base *ter- (peg, post, marker). The obvious cognate in Engish is “terminus”.

Scottish Gaelic: tèarmann

2008-06-19 CPD