Celtic cognates - Music

This page contains musical terms and other music-related words in the six modern Celtic languages.

Click on the English versions that are links and you will be taken to the Celtiadur, where you can see what each word means, and how some of them are pronounced. There are also details of related words and expressions, and words in older versions of the Celtic languages, such as Middle Welsh and Old Irish. More Celtic Cognates


Musical terms and instruments

Gaeilge
(Irish)
Gàidhlig
(Gaelic)
Gaelg
(Manx)
Cymraeg
(Welsh)
Kernewek
(Cornish)
Brezhoneg
(Breton)
English
ceol ceòl kiaull cerddoriaeth
miwsig
ilow
menystrouthi
sonerezh
muzik
music
ochtach ochdach shiaull wythawd ethves
oktav
eizhvetez octave
scála sointread scaail graddfa skeul skeulenn scale
mór mòr
màidsear
mooar mwyaf meur muiañ major
mion mion
meanar
myn lleddf le
minor
leiañ minor
nóta pong
punc
soin
notey nodyn notya notenn note
gléas
eochair
uchdach gleaysh allwedd
cleff
alhwedh alc'hwez
kelc'h
key
clef
cliath clàr cleeah erwydd regenneg stave
géar geur gear llonnod lymm lemm sharp
maol maol meayl meddal bouc'h flat
soprán soprane soprane soprano soprano soprano soprano
alt alto alt alto alto alto alto
teanór tenor tennor tenor tenor ténor
tenored
tenor
baratón baraton baritone baritôn usvoud
bariton
baritone
dord beus
borbhanach
cronney
dord
bas faborden boud bass
cruit cruit cruitçh crwth krowd harp
crwth
fiddle
cláirseach clàrsach claasagh harp
teillén telyn telyn telenn harp
druma druma drum drwm
tabwrdd
tabour taboulin drum
fliúit duiseal
feadan
feadag
feddan ffliwt
ffifflen
chwibanogl
tollgorn flet
c'hwitell
flute
fead
feadóg
fead
feadag
fed
feddan
gwynt gwnys gwent whistle
wind
fidheall
fidil
fidil
veidhlín
fiddyl
biol
ffidil
ffidl
fyll violoñs
biolin
fiddle
violin
giotár giotàr gitar gitâr gitar kitar
gitar
guitar
pib
pib mála
piob piob pibgod
bagbib
brochbib
pib
pibow sagh
binioù bagpipes

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Celtiadur

A collection of Celtic cognates, with definitions, pronunciation, etymologies - includes the modern Celtic languages, older versions of these languages, such as Middle Welsh, Old Irish, and their extinct and reconstructed relatives and ancestors, including Gaulish, Celtiberian, Proto-Brythonic and Proto-Celtic.

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Links

Stòr-fhaclan Co-dhàimheil Ceilteach (Database of Celtic cognates)
http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/gaidhlig/faclair/scc/lorg.php

McBain's Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language
http://www.ceantar.org/Dicts/MB2/

Information about Celtic languages

Breton, Celtiberian, Cornish, Cumbric, Gaulish, Irish, Lepontic, Lusitanian, Manx, Scottish Gaelic, Tartessian, Welsh


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