/ (əˈlænə) /
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Irish my child: used as a term of address or endearment
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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

Word Origin for alannah

from Irish Gaelic a leanbh
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How to use alannah in a sentence

  • "Listen while I tell ye, alannah," said Paddy, coming to an anchor on my camp-bed.

    Yule Logs|Various
  • And when that time comes, Kitty 'Alannah,' will you ever renumber yer ould grandfather, who won't be to 'the fore' to see it?

    Luttrell Of Arran|Charles James Lever
  • Speak to the doctor, Jimmy alannah, and tell him the way you are.

    Lady Bountiful|George A. Birmingham
  • Dick Haldane, me darlint, hind the colonel the loan of yer arrum, alannah.

    The Ghost Ship|John C. Hutcheson