See also: feill and féill


Scottish GaelicEdit

Alternative formsEdit


From Old Irish féil ‎(feast-day, festival) (compare Irish féile, Manx feaill), from Latin vigilia ‎(wakefulness, watch), from vigil ‎(awake), from Proto-Indo-European *weǵ- ‎(to be strong).



fèill f ‎(genitive singular fèille, plural fèillean or fèilltean)

  1. (dated) feast, festival
    a' cumail là féille‎ ― observing or holding a festival or holiday
    féill an roid, féill-roid‎ ― the autumnal equinox, rood-day
    Cùn an fhéill air an latha.‎ ― Keep the festival on the right day.
    1. vigil of a festival
    2. banquet where the chief presided
    3. guest at such a banquet
  2. fair
  3. market, sale
  4. holiday
    làithean féill‎ ― holidays, days of folly
  5. (business, economics) market, demand
    Chan eil fèill mhòr air.‎ ― There isn't a great demand/market for it.


Derived termsEdit


Scottish Gaelic mutation
Radical Lenition
fèill fhèill
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.


  • Faclair Gàidhlig Dwelly Air Loidhne, Dwelly, Edward (1911), Faclair Gàidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan/The Illustrated [Scottish] Gaelic-English Dictionary (10th ed.), Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited, ISBN 0 901771 92 9
  • A Pronouncing and Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language (John Grant, Edinburgh, 1925, Compiled by Malcolm MacLennan)
  • féil” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.