Focal an Lae #339
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: deirfiúr (JEH-ruh-fyoor) [d′er′əf′uːr]

Meaning: deirfiúr = sister


History: Old Irish “deirfiur” is a contraction of “derb” (true) and “siur” (sister). As with “deartháir” (true-brother), the motive was to distinguish between blood sisters and religious sisters. Old Irish “siur”, Welsh “chwaer” and Breton “c’hoar” come from Common Celtic *swesūr, from Indo-European *swesōr (sister). Cognates in English include “sister” and “sorority”.

Scottish Gaelic: piuthar

2008-06-19 CPD