[kran-uh g]


(in ancient Ireland and Scotland) a lake dwelling, usually built on an artificial island.
a small, artificial, fortified island constructed in bogs in ancient Scotland and Ireland.

Also cran·noge [kran-uh j] /ˈkræn ədʒ/.

Origin of crannog

1850–55; < Irish crannóg wooden frame or vessel, pole, crannog, equivalent to crann beam, tree + -óg noun suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crannog

Historical Examples of crannog

  • Until recent years no Crannog had been found in this country.

    In the West Country

    Francis A. Knight

  • The loch having been drained away, we proceeded to exfoliate the crannog.

  • In the Crannog of Lochlee, near Tarbolton, a bronze pin was found (fig. 218), the head of which was inclosed in a ring.

    The Swastika

    Thomas Wilson

  • Evidently they were kitchen waste from the crannog, drifted to that quarter before the prevailing south-west wind.

  • A crannog, or insulated fortress, usually constructed on piles in a loch; the same word as crannag, a pulpit.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire

    John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot

British Dictionary definitions for crannog


crannoge (ˈkrænədʒ)


an ancient Celtic lake or bog dwelling dating from the late Bronze Age to the 16th century ad, often fortified and used as a refuge

Word Origin for crannog

C19: from Irish Gaelic crannóg, from Old Irish crann tree
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