See also: càraid
From Old Irish cara (“friend, relation”) (compare Irish cara, Manx carrey), from Proto-Celtic *karant- (“friend”), from Proto-Indo-European *ka- (“to like, desire”) (compare Latin cārus, English charity, whore).
- Bu tu fhéin an caraid is cha b' e sin a h-uile caraid. - You're an extraordinary friend.
- Cha chall na gheibh caraid. - It is no loss what a friend gains.
- Is e an caraid caraid na crùthaig. - A friend (to one) in need is a friend indeed.
- In the sense "friend" also caraidean is used as plural form.
- The vocative form is used when addressing people in correspondence:
- "A Charaid, ..." - "Dear Sir, ..."
- "A Chàirdean, ..." - "Dear Sirs, ..."
- "A Sheumais, a charaid, ..." - "Dear James, ..."