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cléirech n o,m.(Lat.clericus). Early Mod. Ir.g pl. -eadh, IGT
Decl. § 23 .cléirceadh, Ériu v 90.29 . Distinctivev a pl.
cléirchiu, alsoclercho,cliarcho etc. cleirchiu, Snedgus u.
Mac R. § 51 .clerco, RC ix 22 § 22 .cliarcho, § 21 (cf.also
60 cliarcha, SG 78.16 ).cliarcho, Snedgus u. Mac R. § 16 .
clercho, § 30 . RC ix 24 § 27 .cleircho, 22 § 22 . Mod. Ir.n pl.
also:cléirche, Ir. Syll. Poetry 70 § 1 .cléirce, Rial. S.F.
1397 . (a) cleric, one inorders(not necessarily an ordained
priest): clēirecha clericus i.e. electus , Corm. Y 352 .cleireach
65gl.clericus, Ir. Gl. 422 .triar c. ¤ . . . oc baithis na hi Brigti,
Vita Br. 2 .alali clerech sruith, 11 ,cf. sruith clérich, LU
1215 .cléirig do dénum it(i)gi a thige, Críth Gabl. 572 .do
munntir Coluim / Cille cléirigh, Snedgus u. Mac R. § 56 .
Cormacc ba cain clérech / haue Liathain, Fél. June 21 .
70 clérich Hérenn, Thes. ii 320.3 ( Hy. ii 61 ).Suarlech co cleir-
chibh Midhe, AU an. 851 .cisne a trí a nemtiger c. ¤ ? talum-
cumscuthad tria firta ar fiadad, marbad na mbeo ┐ beougha
na marb, O'D. 2209 (Nero A vii, 144b).dun tsailmcedlaid
. . . d' adhantaigh ┐ do cleirech gu coraind a tonsured clerk,
75 Laws v 24.5 Comm. cleirig ┐ mna ┐ mec, i 242.10 (exempt
from the liabilities ofsellchecht).ro fergaidhedh in clerech,
6.8 Comm. (of Patrick).i comthinoltaib láech ┐ clérech, LU
2253 ( FA 31 ).do cleirchib ┐ caillechaib, Ériu xix 60 § 8 .
dechor eter cleirchiu ┐ laichu, § 7 .M. . . . comarba Patraic,
80cenn cleirech iartair tuaisceirt Eorpa uile, AU an. 1020 .
i fiadhnu[i]si cleirech nErenn, idon, in Leghait ┐ U[i] Osein
. . . ┐ na n-epscop archena, an. 1157 .mairg thochrus fri
cléirchib cell, SG 78.14 .sóifid fiannas i cella ┐ i cleirchiu,
RC xxvi 40 § 213 .in rabhattar caraitt cleirech occut`clerical
85friends
', 362.13 .clērechgraece cleros, sors, quia de sorte
dictum est , O'Mulc. 216 .écosc cléirigh forsin dara fer ┐
écoscc láich for araile, SG 78.30 .cuigir no seisir do chleir-
chibh ┐ do shagartaibh do mharbhadh, AU iii 600.3 .gabhait
clérich na cille occ ettarghuidhe an Choimdedh, Hugh Roe²
40.27 .clérech ná tuata`person Ecclesiastical', RSClára f.
552a .adeirmisne, na bráithre cléirigh, an o[i]ffige do réir na
cléire oile(officium dicebamus nos clerici secundum alios
clericos), Rial. S.F. 1648 .sacramaint ina ttabhairthear
cumhachda ┐ grása do shagartaibh ┐ do chléircibh, Parrth.
Anma 3091 .
10(b) clerk;scholar,man of letters :laoch clerech`a lay
cleric
(?)' (distinguished in text fromfer graidh), Ériu viii
121.5 .cethrar cleirech fo an inadh a caithinn an t-imperi
a cuid ac scribenn cach oenḟocuil da n-abar sé, Maund. 193 .
a maigistreacha moreladhnacha ┐ a cleirigh canonda, St.
15Ercuil 1782 .na héigsi is dot fháidhibhsi, / na cléirche, na
cliarsgola, Ir. Syll. Poetry 70 § 1 .clerech uisce Arda Macha,
BCC 358.26 (§ 337) .do ba cléirech do ba [ceard]`a sage',
A. Ó Dálaigh lv 21 .do chiúnaidh cleireach [na comhairle] . . .
an pobal`the town-clerk', Acts xix 35 .
20(c) sacristan,acolyte :dá ndeachaidh an cléireach . . . i n-am
an Aifrinn do rádh, dlighidh an sagart an chuid eile de'n
Aifrionn do fhriothólamh dhó féin dá raibh an cléireach gan
filleadh chuige, Eochairsg. 125.22 .go cclérech ndeghchluach
ndesgrédech`Clarke', RSClára f. 88b .coisrig thū féin mar
25aon ris an tshagart ┐ freagair dhō leis an ccléireach(at Mass),
Parrth. Anma 4419 .bhí an cléirioch sásta, / an sagart
ró-bhaodhach, ZCP v 217 ( Mid. Court 505 ).ní maith sagart
gan cléireach, cited Mid. Court glossarys.v.
(d) As epithet or sobriquet:Corcran cleirech, cenn Eorpa
30im crabud ┐ im ecna, AU an. 1040 .Tadhg mac in cleirigh
.H. Concobair, an. 1056 .da mac Maelcobha Clerich, Mac-
Carthy 402.1 .Clereach (?leg.in c. ¤ ) Ua Sealbhaigh, ard
comharba Bairre, FM ii 922.12 .

cléirechán n o,m.(cléirech)littlecleric :achlérecháin , Buile S.
35 136.y ; 138.23 .Cf. cléirchénandclérchocán.

cleisín,clesán n(?cles)smallweapon :in clessín ingantach baí
aice clettin Con Culaind, LL 9342 (TBC).ro fácus clesán
Conrí / ar in fertán ac Senchai, Acall. 3943 .

? cleisiud xsees.v. 3 cleth.

40 cleith xseeclith.

cléithe n io,n.Laterf.(long vowel not guaranteed by rhyme.
Cf. 1 cleth,clíath?).n s. cleithi n-ordain iartair domain, AU
an. 939 .cleithe n-óc nEmna, LL 2626 (cf.however:Clethe
brethaname of a law-tract, Laws i 26.3 Comm. )a s. achléthe
45n-óchtarach, LU 1476 .n pl. cléithe, Críth Gabl. 157 .g pl.
fer dacleithe , Laws iv 350.22 . Asf. d s. icleithiáin, LL
29494 .g s. cechacleithi , LL 400a42 .
(a) roof-tree,ridge-pole :ete iter cach dá ḟíthe ó ṡuidiu co
c. ¤ , Críth Gabl. 100 .in clí isin tegdais ō lár co clēithi, Corm. Y
50 275 .is bēsad na cleithe(=g s.ofcleth),is balc oc lār, is
caol oc clēit[h]e,ibid.(cf. Laws iv 358.13 ) =ina cliad, Thr.
Ir. Gl. 10 s.v. clíí.Tech Midchúarda o cléithib co talmandae,
LU 7207 ( BDD² 824 ).ró lá [cor n-iach n-erred] de i n-ar[da
co ruc] a chléthe n-óchtarach din tig co mboí for cléthiu in
55tigi aile, LU 1476 ( MU² 953 - 4 ).dofet cliath cleithe .i. as
remtechtai lium cliath ichtair in tighi do denam ar dus anas
cleitine a mullaighi, O'C. 1874 ( 23 P 3,f. 21 (23)a ).a breth
fo clethe; a breth a nuaim into a building(?), Laws ii 128.15
Comm. (`into concealment').atracht columu tenntide . . . co
60cleithe na heclaisi, Thr. Hom. 66.4 .secht stíalla umai
ón damdabaich co c. ¤ issin tig, TBFr. 76 .gur b' ion-
samhail cleithi tre churcais reanna na sleagh tres an slios araill
do Chelluch a ridge-pole protruding from a thatch of rushes(?),
MR 272.13 . ?cf. fiacla cirí cleth i curghais(a derogatory
65description), IT iii 101 § 179 . Confused withclí:cli .i. ise a
bés na cleithe, is trén ┐ is dírech, ┐ congaib ┐ congaibther . . .
adcumuing o cleithiu co lar, Laws iv 358.22 , 23 (cf.also
Corm. Y 275 above).ní bfuaramar dhar ttighthibh shoir /
acht bun gach cleithe a ttalmhuin, Ériu i 22.108 .
70(b) By synecdoche,(dwelling)house: biaid gol gacha cleiti
.i. cacha tighe, H. 3.18,553a14 . dixitPátricius nád bíad dē
de cleithi la chenél and, Trip.² 1814 .Cf. YBL 136a27 .co
na boi dei do clethe a n-Erinn forsna beth cíos doib,
RC xii 62 § 25 .ol cét cech clethi i nHerind, LL 22416 .Cf. 27617 .
75(c) More generally building :it hé insin .vii. c. ¤ ó ndírenar
cach bóaire(ref. to a list of seven buildings, a dwelling-house
and six farm-buildings), Críth Gabl. 157 .a ṡrethe tige, a
ḟolud, a chléthe, a echṡréin, 432 .co n-innrucus ch. ¤ `with a
complete set of buildings
' (Gloss.), 438 . ?trí dotcaid threbtha:
80gort salach, iarmur c. ¤ , tech drithlennach, Triads 65 . ?fer
. . . na techta fo tuaith co leir na cleithe who owns no house
throughout the territory
(?), Laws iv 352.12 (`visibly or
invisibly
').
(d)As technical term for some kind oftenantordependent:
85 lethflaithem .i. fer da cleithe cona comorbuib techtaib`two
cleithe- tenants', Laws iv 350.11 .flaithem oen escra .i.
fer aen cleithe, 14 .Cf. senchléithe. do flaith rucu gu-breth
for a celi .i. gu-fiadnaise im clethe, v 220.4 Comm.
(e)c. ¤ (sg.orpl.)nime,aeóir,etc. theheavens, thefirmament;
thesky :a cléthib clithnimi, LU 1169 .lotar na suipp ṡesca
5. . . i cléthib aeóir ┐ firmiminti, TBC 6040 .na fóit . . . curit i
cleithe ḟirmimenti, LL 24910 .ba h-urcur a cleithibh nime
┐ ba snam i n-aighid srotha, BB 419b37 .do eirgedh an detach
co direch i cleitib in aeoir, Grail 3098 . Without qualifying
gen.no rannad bledmila in mara immi . . . súas i n-ardda
10clethi, LL 12631 .fuath-nell . . . d'ár ceiled in cleithi coithcenn
(sic) . . . os a cendaib, MR 240.5 . ?Cf. go ttarla C. fo chlei-
thibh talmhain, TBC p. 561 n.6 (fo lintip an atha,
St.).
(f)Other applications.top,crown (of head, more freq.c. ¤
15cinnorc. ¤ cennmullaig):in buinne díriuch dondḟala atracht
a fírchlethe a chendmullaig, LU 6475 (TBC).roben Gola
i clethi a chind, SR 5871 .cora chomthócbaiset a lonna láith
ósa cleithib, LL 32509 ( TTr. 1707 ).imon cathbharr im a
cleithi, BB 297a41 .in mong . . . tria cleithi a ceandmullaich,
20 RC xxiv 196.17 .co ruc clethi a chinn de co n-apad,
xxiii 325 § 14 n. Of thetopsoftrees,woods,mountains, acity: ba
cosmail fri cleithe caille cetamain . . . cechtar a da gruad,
LL 253a47 (cf. Aen. 1926 and IT iii 186.13 s.v. forcléithe, also
forcle).suas gu clethi na crand, BB 497a4 .a bun cleithi na
25crand, 13 .cleithe na uruachtur sleibhe Erix, CCath. 1382 .
sliab nOlimp, isa cenn ┐ isa clethi fil . . ., BB 488b2 .ós
cleithi na cathrach, CCath. 1321 .c. ¤ .i. uachdar tighe, tulcha
no cnuic, O'Cl.
(g) Freq. in Laws Comm. meaningsomething ofconsiderable
30 value, a matter ofimportance,high rank(?)(oppd. to,q.v.):
mas a seachtar faiche [ro gatait na beich] . . ., gid maigin . . .
gid sechtar maigin, gid cutrumus lui gid cutrumus clethe . . .
mas a maigin ┐ is cutrumus cleithi is lanenecland. Mas a
chutrumus lui, is leitheinecland. Masa seachtar maigin ┐
35is cutrumus clethe is leithenecland. Masa cutrumus lui
is uii.adh neneclaindi, O'D. 1041 (H.2.15, 25).dá trian diri
dula urraidh d'urradh ina dúil; aen trian diri dula deoraidh
do deoradh ina dúil, ┐ eneclann do cechtar de fo aicned lui no
cleithi according to his lesser or greater standing(?), 1366 (E.
403.5, 24a).rig . . . beires bretha gua, cid im lu, cid im cleithi
`whether it be concerning a small thing or a large', Laws i 54.18
Comm. cid bec .i. im lu; cid mor .i. im cleithi, iii 38.y Comm.
noco nuil deithbir lui na cleithi im in cumail sin`no difference
of major or minor (higher or lower rank
)', 110.6 Comm. ma
45ro gatait seoit uaithib ris in ré sin, eneclann do cechtar de
ann fo aicned lai no cleithi`minor or major value' (rank?),
144.15 Comm. corab e in tainmrainde sin da eneclainn bes
do co na ferthain ar in rob is cleithi, ┐ a leth ina ferthain ar
in rob is lu, 358.y Comm. a nderbḟorgeall clethe for na
50huaislib . . . a nderbforgeall clethe for islib an affirmation
concerning an important matter
, 396.6 - 8 Comm. gufiadnaise
im clethe, no im forcruidh fognuma im clethe`about a great
(matter),or about excess of service in a great (matter)', v 220.4-5
Comm. Butcléitheare divided into large and small:ce ro
55ghata da cleithi o duine, .i. clethe beg ┐ clethe mor, O'C.
1665 ( 23 Q 6,23b ).cemadh mo re hic naithgina in clethi
mor na in clethi beg nocha mo re hic smachta na dire na
eneclainne e na in clethi bec, 1666 ( 23 Q 6, 23b ).Cf. clethe
.i. mor no uasal, O'Dav. 558 .
60(h)Fig. perfection,culmination;chief,head :i suthemlacht
cech berlai co clethi to(orwith?)perfection, LU 661 ( ACC
26 gl .baí sab súithe cec dind). acht na roigh co cleithe`but
he does not reach to the top (of scholarship
)', Laws iv 356.7 .
ceand ┐ cléthi cacha bíd int iasc ár dothomail Issu he, Thr.
65Ir. Gl. 24 s.v. iasc.cléithi .i. roghaut estcléithi tech n Erenn, H.
3.18,650b24 .ba cleithi ach don Erind bas meic Erca, Dinds.
114 .cléthe .i. formna, no in t-art fine .i. intí is airdi don
fine,ut estco cléthi fine fosaighther cina, O'Dav. 486 .for
cléithib na Cráeb-rúaide`chiefs' (Gloss.), Met. Dinds. iv
70130.82 .sáifiter slúaig con mae re secht c. ¤ slúaig Ulad, LL
11628 (TBC rhet.).clethe Laighen leighnidhe, TFrag. 188.5 .
tiagha[ir] gusan gcathraigh, dotaott gussan gclēithe(i.e.to
the chief personage in the town), ZCP vii 305.3 .araile
fealmac fēigh don Mumhain . . . atnacobrustor mnáoi siú
75rosiacht clēithe the perfection of his art(?), 304.27 .as go
c. ¤ tuaithe tiagaid filidh fuigheall fria forus fáth, Ériu xiii
33.31 .Ua Suanaich . . . / Eiríu ard amre . . . / ised a c. ¤
clerech, BB 233b35 .imm imthecor do dērce as cend ┐ as
cléthe inna huile timna, Otia ii 97 § 31 .is é cléthi ┐ forair in
80fhorcetail diada in dearc, PH 5789 .mad intii adcobra rosá
cléthe foirbthetad`who desires to reach the pitch of perfectness',
Ériu vii 154 § 6 .comad ead clethi soethair cech duine, áine
┐ érnaigthi, RC xii 438.1 .combadh si budh cenn ┐ budh
cleithe d'eccailsibh Érenn, FM i 142.x .