from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An Irish girl.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. girl
  • n. young single woman

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A girl; a maiden.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A girl.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an Irish girl


Irish Gaelic cailín, diminutive of caile, girl, from Old Irish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from Irish cailín. (Wiktionary)



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  • Regional American pronunciation is sometimes long O (midwest mostly) but correctly pronounced C"ah"leen.

    June 9, 2009

  • That quote is also the origination of the cracker Cheese-It.

    February 19, 2007

  • from the Irish word "cailin", meaning a girl.

    February 19, 2007

  • "The colleen bawn, my colleen bawn. O, cheese it!"
    Joyce, Ulysses, 14

    January 27, 2007