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Tuatha Dé Danann

or Tuatha dé Danaan

[too-uh-huh dey dah-nuh n] /ˈtu ə hə deɪ ˈdɑ nən/
noun, Irish Legend.
1.
a race of gods or demigods who defeated the Fomorians and ruled Ireland during a golden age.
Also, Tuatha Dé.
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  • I know that some high authorities regard the tuatha de danann and the fairies as alike mythological beings.

    Ulster Folklore Elizabeth Andrews
  • I believe these tuatha de danann are the small Danes, who, according to tradition, built the raths and souterrains.

    Ulster Folklore Elizabeth Andrews
  • What is here averred of the tuatha de danann may be true of other primitive races who may have survived long in Ireland.

    Ulster Folklore Elizabeth Andrews
  • But Oengus is not the only one of the tuatha de danann who has such a fairy palace.

  • Galway, reputed to be the headquarters of all the tuatha de danann and shee-folk of Connacht.

Word Origin and History for tuatha de danann

Tuatha de Danann

1680s, from Irish Tuatha dé Danann, literally "the people of Danann," from plural of tuath (see Teutonic) + Danann, mother of the gods.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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