One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Ireland) a strong circular earthen wall forming an enclosure and serving as a fort and residence for a tribal chief.
- ‘The storytellers are converging on the heart of Ireland on the mountainside, glens, waterfalls, ancient raths that are all located in the idyllic surrounds of the Slieve Bloom mountains that straddle both Laois and Offaly.’
- ‘Such a fort was known as a rath and the area inside it was known as a lios.’
- ‘In others a convenient rath (ancient fort), or portion of one, was set aside, or a small piece of ground.’
- ‘Under these circumstances, those with power - the families settled in raised raths or grand crannógs - may no longer have been satisfied with free-farmer clients, traditional annual food renders, and a share of their followers' calves.’
- ‘But if the rath is unremarkable, the view from its summit is breathtaking.’
A chariot, especially one used to carry an idol in a ceremonial procession.See also rath yatra
- ‘As the cavalcade began lining up in the main axis, with a ringing of gongs and bells, a caparisoned temple elephant and a third rath carrying a huge golden horse joined the procession.’
- ‘It is decorated with flowers and is also known as the phool rath, or the chariot of flowers.’
- ‘Even if they travel by road in raths or other vehicles, their roadside stops consist mostly of speeches.’
- ‘Campaigning atop highly decorated raths, the speech therapists have geared up for the poll day.’
- ‘And, yet, Gandhi refused to wear an ochre loin-cloth or tour the country in an arrogant rath.’
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