Definition of boreen in English:


Line breaks: bor¦een
Pronunciation: /bɔːˈriːn


  • A narrow country road.
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    • The group was transported in a convoy of police vans, ambulances and four-wheel drives, which snaked its way along main roads and boreens to the search area.
    • For years this minstrel roamed up and down the boreens and roads of Mayo and Galway until finally he died in Craughwell, Co. Galway at the age of fifty one.
    • The vets who travel down the rough roads and boreens day and night and set up shop in cold sheds and barns to perform a section or some other task share the world of the small farmer.


mid 19th century: from Irish bóithrín, diminutive of bóthar 'road'.

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