Definition of crannog in English:



  • An ancient fortified dwelling constructed in a lake or marsh in Scotland or Ireland.

    • ‘Lochs, and Scotland has 30,000 of them, had defensive lake dwellings called crannogs, founded on timber piles.’
    • ‘The loch contains a crannog, a man-made island which once held a roundhouse and is believed to date from around the 1st century AD.’
    • ‘The crannog will provide open air theatre facilities and will become very popular with school groups and parties next Summer.’
    • ‘Other dwellings were built in lakes and were called crannogs.’
    • ‘And it took them three years to construct their own crannog, a timber dwelling built on stilts over the water, which links the way of life of people in 600BC with ours today.’
    • ‘It is one of hundreds of crannogs in Scotland's 30,000 lochs, whose history has, until now, been rather neglected.’


Early 17th century: from Irish crannóg, Scottish Gaelic crannag ‘timber structure’, from crann ‘tree, beam’.