Complete Definition of "gaol"

English

Etymology
From Northern OF. term|gaole (modern French term|geôle), from a popular diminutive of L. term|cavea||cage.

Pronunciation
IPA|/ʤeɪl/
:rhymes|eɪl

Noun
en-noun

  1. context|UK|archaic alternative spelling of|jail
  2. context|AU|NZ prefered alternative spelling of|jail

Synonyms
See prison

Translations
See prison

Derived terms
engaol
gaoler


Irish

Noun
infl|ga|noun|gender=m

  1. relative

Declension
ga noun m1|g|aol|aoil|plaolta|strongyes


Scottish Gaelic

Etymology
Ir.|gd term|gaol|langga||kin, family, Early Irish term|gáel||relationship: *term||gailo-; Lithuanian term|gailùs||compassionate; Gothic term|gailjan||gladden, German term|geil||wanton; Greek term|scGrek|ÏίλιοÏ|tr=fílios||friendly.

Pronunciation
IPA|lang=gd|gÌɯËÉ«

Noun
infl|gd|noun|gender=m

#love
#: Tha gaol agam ort, a leannain mo chridhe.... â Literally, âLove is at-me on thee, O darling of my heart....â

Usage notes
The love expressed by gaol is more intimate in nature than that of term|gràdh.

Derived terms
onym|gd|Tha gaol agam ort|gloss=I love you

References
An Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language, Alexander MacBain?, Gairm Publications, 1982

category:gd:Emotions

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