Focal an Lae #303
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: ósta (OHS-tuh) [oːstə]

Meaning: ósta = lodging, inn


History: Classical Irish “ósta” comes from Anglo-Norman “oste” (lodging), from Late Latin “hospes, hospit-” (guest, host, stranger), from Indo-European *ghos-pot- (guest-master), from the elements *ghos-ti- (stranger, guest, host, one bound by hospitality) and *poti- (powerful, lord). English “host” is cognate.

Scottish Gaelic: òsta

2008-06-19 CPD