a party, gathering, or the like, at which dancing, singing, and storytelling are the usual forms of entertainment.
Ceilidh is an adaptation of either Irish Gaelic céilidhe or Scottish Gaelic cèilidh, both from Old Irish céile or céle, meaning “companion.” From here, the deeper origins of ceilidh become murky. One proposal is that ceilidh is distantly related to Latin cīvis, “citizen,” the source of city and civilization. Ceilidh was first recorded in English in the early 1870s.
EXAMPLE OF CEILIDH USED IN A SENTENCE
The ceilidh, overflowing with dancing and music, went from dusk till dawn in the small countryside village.
Bewray is a compound of the prefix be-, which is a form of the preposition by, and wray, an obsolete verb meaning “to accuse, expose.” Because of the influence of betray, the definition of bewray may have shifted from accusation to disloyalty. The prefix be- appears in befriend, bedazzle, and bejewel. Bewray was first recorded in English in the late 13th century.
EXAMPLE OF BEWRAY USED IN A SENTENCE
Several senators bewrayed Caesar, bringing him to an untimely end.
a subatomic particle with spherical symmetry and positive, negative, or neutral charge.
Pion is either a contraction of pi meson or formed from pi and the suffix -on, which indicates subatomic particles. The Greek letter pi (Ancient Greek pî or peî) is a borrowing from the Phoenician alphabet, and its name comes from a Semitic root meaning “mouth.” Pion was first recorded in English in the early 1950s.
EXAMPLE OF PION USED IN A SENTENCE
The pion blinked into and out of existence within mere billionths of a second.
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