Old Irish

  1. the Irish language before c900. Abbreviations: OIr, OIr.

Origin of Old Irish

First recorded in 1885–90

Words Nearby Old Irish

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How to use Old Irish in a sentence

  • I have conversed with Mr. Borrow on many subjects,—horses, gypsies, and Old Irish.

    The Gypsies | Charles G. Leland
  • The Gaulish form of the name was probably druis, the Old Irish was drai.

  • He came back without what he had sought, but with the gift of a fine Old Irish Bible, which became a help in our early lessons.

  • It did not impress me much, as I supposed that the man merely meant Old Irish.

    The Gypsies | Charles G. Leland
  • The language of the Triads may be described as late Old-Irish.

British Dictionary definitions for Old Irish

Old Irish

  1. the Celtic language of Ireland up to about 900 ad, introduced to Scotland by Irish settlers about 500 a.d

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