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Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Originally the dative singular, from Old Irish muinter.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

muintir f (genitive singular muintire, nominative plural muintireacha)

  1. family
    • 1938, Peig Sayers, “Inghean an Cheannaidhe”[1]:
      Ní raibh aoinne cloinne age n-a muinntir ach í agus do mhéaduigh sin uirrim agus grádh na ndaoine don inghean óg so.
      Her parents had no children but her, and that increased the esteem and love of the people for this young girl.
  2. relative
  3. people, folk, tribe, nation, band

Usage notesEdit

  • When used by itself, in modern Irish it refers to ‘parents’;
  • When used with a following attributive noun, it means ‘folk’ or ‘people’:
    muintir na hÉireann (the Irish)
    muintir na Spáinne (the Spanish)

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MutationEdit

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
muintir mhuintir not applicable
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ M. L. Sjoestedt-Jonval (1938), Description d’un parler irlandais de Kerry, Paris: Librairie Ancienne Honoré Champion, p. 193.

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