Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CEUD MILE FàILTE, n.phr. [kiət mi:lə′fɑ:ltjschwa;] Gaelic expression of welcome (lit. 'a hundred thousand welcomes').Sc. 1997 Scotsman 29 Aug 17:
Ceud mile failte from Eanraig Ramsden's in Inverness — a brochure in the Gaelic from Europe's largest fish and chip maker. This year's Mod is being held there — no, Inverness, not Harry Ramsden's — which might have something to do with the appearance of the leaflet.
Sc. 1999 Herald 25 Oct 20:
Another bonus is that the natives are friendly — ample proof being that the Gaelic language uses the same word for guest as for visitor.
The age-old Gaelic greeting — Ceud Mile Failte (one hundred thousand welcomes) — will be readily extended to you, and that's only from the famous Lewis midges.
Sc. 1999 Press and Journal 13 Nov 16:
Celebrities are known to hang about a lot of the mainstream clubs, too, as we discovered when we bumped into some of the boys from teeny-pop bop band Westlife, and they sent a big ceud mile failte to Press and Journal readers.
Sc. 2003 Sunday Mail 18 May 41:
The Comm, Lochgilphead, Argyll There has been an inn on the spot since the late 1700s and was previously known as The Wee Hoose. A sign outside promises Ceud Mile Failte — a hundred thousand welcomes — a pledge guaranteed to be honoured.

Ceud mile fàilte n. phr.

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