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EtymologyEdit

caile (maid) +‎ -ín (diminutive)

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

cailín m (genitive singular cailín, nominative plural cailíní)

  1. girl; young, unmarried woman
  2. girlfriend
  3. female servant, maid
  4. useful thing (referring to a feminine noun)
    Is í an druil an cailín chun na hoibre.
    The drill is the right tool for the job.

Usage notesEdit

  • Cailín is masculine because of the suffix -ín. Nevertheless, the feminine pronouns and í are used to refer to it.

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MutationEdit

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
cailín chailín gcailín
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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