Focal an Lae #295
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: maighdean (MY-juhn) [maid′ən]

Meaning: maighdean = maiden, virgin


History: Classical Irish “maighdean” comes from Middle English “maeiden”, from Old English “maegden”, from Indo-European *magho-ti-, from *maghu- (young person of either sex). English “maiden” is the obvious cognate, and Irish “mac” is distantly related (see Focal #59).

Scottish Gaelic: maighdeann

2008-06-19 CPD