cell

Cite this: eDIL s.v. cell or dil.ie/8562

Forms: cill, Cille

n ā, f. (Lat. cella). In later lang. also with n s. cill ( TSh. 5808 ).

(a) Usually transl. church, but in a number of exx. clearly ref. to monastic settlement or foundation, collection of ecclesiastical buildings: contubart F. acheill dóo, Thes. ii 242.21 (Ardm.). c.¤ mór `great church', 317.7 (Hy. ii). cét c.¤ custói tond fo ógi offrinn, Lib. Hymn. 177.495 (ACC). .xvii. cella, Vita Br. 23 . atait secht cella etc. (heptad). Laws v 118 . dul tar chill, 474.11 . ? bása ch.¤ mo dind / bád lem Érend íath, LU 9979 . i nArd mínMacha maith c.¤ , LL 15954 . can cairde ceall, BB 56a24 . cormand c.¤ tiri Ele, YBL 132a35 . doronsat na clerig tóraind chilli, 316a42 . ab gach chill, Content. xviii 127 . secht n-airchinnich c.¤ , Ann. Inisf. 1029.2 . ar cheallaibh ┐ eccailsibh, FM iii 912.3 . an líon manach . . . ag freastal na sé dteampull do bhí san chill, Keat. ii 3108 . air an uachtarán cille `spiritual superior', Donl. 106.12 .

(b) Extended applications: ba c.¤ chendadach ┐ ba cómrar thaisceda sét somainech in talman hí (of Persepolis), Alex. 415 . In sense of sanctuary : fa ceall chomhdha (of a dead chief), DDána 110.12 . comairce ┐ ceall, 102.30 (`tearmann', Gloss.). Prov. celd cen cloc, Rawl. B 512, 112a1 (cited Meyer Contribb.). Of the clergy as oppd. to laity: etir chill ┐ tuaith, RC xviii 196.22 . See túath (T 349.15 ff.). Of ground round a church, churchyard, graveyard : fa úir na cille. Misc. Hag. Hib. 15 § 8 . noco pīantar / fora n-īatur / ūr a c[h]ille, BColm. 28.26 . rés an gcorp ag triall gus an gcill, TSh. 5720 . gur scríob chúichi an chill trí gnaoi-mhúinte grinn `the grave has gathered', E. O'Rahilly xii 31 . Cf. clad cille, Ériu xvii 70 § 13 .i. in relig, 72 .

In n.pr. imchoin na ceall, IT iii 80 § 53 . Colum Cille , pass. In insulting nick-name: c.¤ coire, Laws v 230.4 Comm. , expld. as `a church in which milk-and-water only is drunk, a miserable place' (O'Curry), note p. 231.

Very freq. in nn.loc.., see Hog. Onom.

Compds. With nouns: i ndíoghail na ceallairgthe sin ` sacrilege ', Keat. iii 4567 . ceallogam . . . .i. Beanchar, etc., Auraic. 5702 . is cell-phort do Padraig, BB 268b12 (ceand- phort, BR 30.15 ). With adjj. derived from nouns: is buaid clerigh cliaraig ceolaigh ceallabranaigh, BB 295a11 . don eing cheathraigh cheallainglidhe, DDána 89.10 . eiriceach ┐ . . . ceallairgtheach, Eochairsg. 103.9 .