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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Definitions for claddagh

  1. a ring in the form of two hands clasping a crowned heart, given in friendship or love.

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Citations for claddagh
One of the rings was becoming visible thanks to the bright light. "Are those hands?" "It's a claddagh." C. J. Lyons, Devil Smoke, 2016
Taking note of the thick band of sterling silver, I saw alternating squares of intricately engraved pictures: one was a Scottish thistle, one a Celtic knot, one a raven and the last I recognized because of my studies: a Claddagh: two hands clasping a heart together. Sharon Ricklin Jones, Ravenswynd Legends, 2013
Origin of claddagh
The claddagh ring is Irish in name and origin. Claddagh in Irish means “shore” and is also the name of a fishing village on the western edge of Galway City, on the west coast of Ireland. The rings, with the design of two hands (friendship) clasping a heart (love), surmounted by a crown (loyalty), symbolized betrothal or marriage and were used at least as early as 1700. Claddagh entered English in the 19th century.