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Donegal

[don-i-gawl, don-i-gawl]
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noun
  1. a county in the N Republic of Ireland. 1865 sq. mi. (4830 sq. km). County seat: Lifford.
  2. Also called Donegal tweed. a plain or herringbone tweed with colored slubs.
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Examples from the Web for donegal

Historical Examples

  • It's a shirt and a plain stocking were got off a drowned man in Donegal.

    Riders to the Sea

    J. M. Synge

  • That's what the poorest and most ignorant people of Donegal say.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • We are very, very backward in Donegal, but not nearly so bad as in the south and west.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • But for England the Donegal peasantry would have no market for their goods.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • We have talked about a similar show in Donegal, but we never do more than talk.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)


British Dictionary definitions for donegal

Donegal

noun
  1. a county in NW Republic of Ireland, on the Atlantic: mountainous, with a rugged coastline and many offshore islands. County town: Lifford. Pop: 137 575 (2002). Area: 4830 sq km (1865 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for donegal

Donegal

county in northern Ireland, from Irish Dun na nGall "fort of the foreigners" (in this case, the Danes); also see Galloway.

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