Definition of ollamh in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɒləv/


  • A rank of Irish learned man, the most distinguished kind of file; a master of a particular field of knowledge, especially a master poet or chronicler. Revived as a symbolic rank in 20th-century festivals.


Early 18th century. From Irish ollamh learned man, expert, master poet, professor (Early Irish ollam), use as noun of Early Irish ollam, ollom greatest from oll great (perhaps related to classical Latin pollēre to be strong) + -am, superlative suffix (from the same Indo-European base as the suffix attested in classical Latin prīmus).