caraid

See also: càraid

Scottish GaelicEdit

EtymologyEdit

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).

NounEdit

caraid m (genitive caraid, plural càirdean)

  1. friend
    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.
  2. relative

Usage notesEdit

  • 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, ..."

Derived termsEdit

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