Houses, Towns & Villages

Words for house, town, village in Celtic languages.

Proto-Celtic *baljo- (?) = house
Old Irish (Goídelc) baile [ˈbalʲe] = place, homestead, town, city
Irish (Gaeilge) baile [ˈbˠalʲə] = home, place, township
Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) baile [balə] = town, township, village, hamlet, town, home, farm
Manx (Gaelg balley = town, home, farmstead, base
Welsh (Cymraeg) beili = bailey, outer court of castle, fort; (defensive) mound; enclosure, courtyard, yard, farmyard

An Clachán, Gleann Cholm Cille

Words marked with a * are reconstructions.

Sources: Wiktionary, Am Faclair Beag,, On-line Manx Dictionary, Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru, English-Proto-Celtic Word List

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