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[reyth] /reɪð/
Archaic. growing, blooming, or ripening early in the year or season.
Also, rath
[rath] /ræθ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of rathe
before 900; Middle English; Old English hræth, hræd quick, active; cognate with Dutch rad, Old Norse hrathr
Related forms
rathely, adverb
ratheness, noun Unabridged
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  • And the Dagda brought his two builders, Garbhan and Imheall, to the place, and he bade them build a rath there round the grave.

    Gods and Fighting Men Lady I. A. Gregory
  • She was Mrs. rath, the housekeeper, and the pretty girl was her daughter.

    The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees
  • The two ways home from the town were the highway, and the way by Murdoch's rath.

    Old-Fashioned Fairy Tales Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
  • Mrs. rath's daughter was staying with her last night, wasn't she?

    The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees
  • There were fewer men at rath's than at any other place, and their anxiety was increased by the presence of a woman, Mrs. Olds.

  • "I suppose Miss rath is free to go where she pleases," said the girl airily.

    The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees
  • The rath was alone—with the exception of his secretary, who diligently recorded my answers.

    A Tramp's Wallet William Duthie
  • The rath is assembled; and consults,—consults at great length.

  • Mrs. rath started from her seat, and looked wildly around as though seeking some avenue of escape from a threatened disaster.

    The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees
British Dictionary definitions for rath


(Irish history) a circular enclosure surrounded by an earthen wall: used as a dwelling and stronghold in former times
Word Origin
C16: from Irish Gaelic


adjective (archaic or literary)
blossoming or ripening early in the season
eager or prompt
Word Origin
Old English hrathe; related to Old High German hrado, Old Norse hrathr
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