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Borrowing from Manx keeill.


keeill (plural keeills)

  1. (chiefly Manx, historical) A small monastic cell or chapel (especially during the pre-modern period).
    • 1958, Annie Ashley, The Church in the Isle of Man, issue 13, page 8:
      The division into sheadings and into (early secular) parishes is shown in Plate II with the sites of incised or engraved stones and of those keeills beside which graveyards have been identified.
    • 1966, in the Report of the Manx Archaeological Survey, volume 6, page 61:
      The local place-name 'Chapel Gate' — 'the road to the Chapel' — is of some antiquity (J. J. Kneen, Place-Names, I, p. 22) and applies particularly to the steep pathway down the brooghs to the keeill-site and well at the west end of 'Chapel Bay'.



From Old Irish cell, from Latin cella.


keeill f (genitive killey or keeilley, plural kialteenyn)

  1. church
  2. place of worship
  3. oratory
  4. (monastic) cell


Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
keeill cheeill geeill
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.