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Scottish Gaelic

Etymology

Irish leannán, a concubine, Early Irish lennan, lendan, concubine, favourite: lex-no-, root leg, lie, as in laigh? From lionn; cf. òlach?

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [lʲan̴̪-an]

Noun

leannan m.

  1. A lover, a sweetheart.
    "A leannain ghrinn, ciamar a theirinn cia mheud a tha gràdh agam ort?" ("O sweet darling, how could I say how much that I love thee?")

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

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