glére

Cite this: eDIL s.v. glére or dil.ie/26064

n (glér, gléir). An abstract, the precise ṁeaning of which in any given context is not always easy to decide. It seems to have the two primary senses : (1) abundance ; (2) choice, élite (passing into that of excellence in general). The former meaning seems to be that of the numerous occurrences of the word in SR ; the latter meaning prevails in the more recent exx. The sense ` purity, brightness ' given by some translators has no support, and is probably due to a confusion with gleór. Gleire .i. imat, O'Dav. 1060 . gleire maitheasa .i. iomad maitheasa, O'Cl. gléire .i. togha, ib. immacomthuit dóib, conná tudchith nech dīb i mbethaid ass do glēri na mmac, TBC-I¹ 1446 . Héle fáith | glére crúanmaith cech comráid, SR 7110 . gnim dían co ṅglére, 2847 . d p. erig, a Eua, don lár | glerib rochlos do chomrád abundantly (?) (of her prayer for Adam's forgiveness), 2098 . Cf. huair forḟemid ... | iar ṅglerib, a óentagud (of Joseph and Potiphar's wife), 3210 . cathir grainne, glérib cath (of Hell), 873 . doluid Sául, gléraib cath with many battalions, 5577 . glérib crech, 6409 ; 6729 . gléraib ellach, 5783 . Cf. with these : d'eirghi fan nguasacht sin gleire glan (sic leg.) marcṡluaigh with a fine picked troop of cavalry, AU ii 528.19 . gléire a aithisc ┐ a huraigill her own terms (lit. the choice (?) of her speech and decision), RC xxii 394.1 ( BDD § 62 Eg.). glēre ḟīrtiprat `a choice spring,' K. and H. § 15 . gleire gensa (: feile), Ériu viii 69.63 . glēre garta, ACL iii 303 § 8 . rusnothrastar ... fo glēri gach maithiusa he entertained them on abundance of (?) (the best of ?) everything, ib. 3.9 . Cf. BColm., 84.5 . gléire descad `abundance of leavings,' CRR § 8 . tor Bhreoghain ... | dár caitheadh gléire do gháibh numerous (?) darts, Ériu v 62.142 . dorochradar ... gleri laech many warriors, Aen. 2493 . Cf. 2827 . tug imchomarc ghléri duid, sent thee a special greeting, RC xiv 262.6 . dorinneadar gleire foilcthe ┐ fothruigthe dhóibh, ITS v 106.14 . rucsat leó fo glére a ngell `amongst their choicest pledges,' Metr. Dinds. iii 398.25 . do techt fo ghléri arm ┐ ēidid, Caithr. CC § 5 . luid ... C. co ngleri tinoil fer Muman a chosen muster, RC xxiv 64.20 . ocht fir déc do gléiri glan `of pure excellence,' Ériu ii 166.59 . Hy Maine 130.2 . ar gléri n-Gaedel, MR 190.17 ; 224.10 . Hy Fiach. 246.11 . Cog. 166.20 . AFM ii 642.3 ; vi 2016.4 . slógh mór do ghléire laoch, Hugh Roe § 76 (37a) . a mná saidhbhre saorchlannda | ag díogha gléire na nGall possessed by the refuse of the English aristocrats (?), A. Ó Dálaigh liii 17. ón ghléire Ghall `the array of English,' TD 35.2 . dīlada gun gléiri Ghall, IGT Decl. ex. 547 . níd ria olc na glere graf many tribulations (?), BCC § 355 (p. 386.22) . (?) mo cochall gleri (: féne), § 275 (p. 286.3) . In chevilles: glére glé, SR 6403 . gléire gal, Metr. Dinds. iii 340.35 . glan glēre (sic leg.), Gorm. May 28.