From Old Irish drochet, from droch (wheel) + sét (path).



droichead m (genitive singular droichid, nominative plural droichid)

  1. (architecture, nautical, music) bridge
    • 1899, Franz Nikolaus Finck, Die araner mundart, Marburg: Elwert’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, vol. II, p. 70:
      vī mē mə hȧsə ŕ n̥ drehəd.
      conventional orthography: Bhí mé i mo sheasamh ar an droichead.
      I was standing on the bridge.


Derived termsEdit


Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
droichead dhroichead ndroichead
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further readingEdit

  • "droichead" in Foclóir Gaeilge–Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • drochet”, in Gregory Toner, Maire Ní Mhaonaigh, Sharon Arbuthnot, Dagmar Wodtko, Maire-Luise Theuerkauf, editors, eDIL: Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language, 2019
  • “droiċead” in Foclóir Gaeḋilge agus Béarla, Irish Texts Society, 2nd ed., 1927, by Patrick S. Dinneen.
  • Tomás de Bhaldraithe, 1975, The Irish of Cois Fhairrge, Co. Galway: A Phonetic Study, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, section 37.
  • Entries containing “droichead” in English-Irish Dictionary, An Gúm, 1959, by Tomás de Bhaldraithe.
  • Entries containing “droichead” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.