clad·​dagh ˈkla-də How to pronounce claddagh (audio)
: an Irish design (as on a ring) of two hands holding a crowned heart that symbolizes friendship, loyalty, and love

Examples of claddagh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Irish Crossroads offers many items to show Gaelic pride, from claddagh rings that symbolize love, loyalty and friendship to stained glass embossed with the trinity sign and the Irish cross. cleveland, 10 Mar. 2022

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Word History


Claddagh, former village across the river Corrib from Galway city, Ireland

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of claddagh was in 1883

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“Claddagh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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