Focal an Lae #277
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: contae (KOHN-tay, KOON-tay) [konteː, kuːnteː]

Meaning: contae = county


History: Classical Modern Irish “cunntaoi” comes from Anglo-Norman “cuntee”, from Old French “conte” (territory of a count), from Medieval Latin “comitatus”, from Latin “comes, comit-” (companion, i.e., of a king; literally, 'one who goes with'), from Indo-European *kom (with) and *ei- (to go). The obvious cognate is “county”.

2008-06-19 CPD