Focal an Lae #338
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: deartháir (JAR-haw-ihr) [d′ærhaːr′]

Meaning: deartháir = brother


History: “Deartháir” is a contraction of the words “dearbh” (true) and “bráthair” (brother), and came into being as a means of distinguishing a “blood brother” from a brother in a religious order. Old Irish “bráthair”, Welsh “brawd” and Breton “breur” come from Indo-European *bhrāter- (brother). Cognates in English include “brother” and “fraternity”.

Scottish Gaelic: bràthair

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