Part of speech: noun
Origin: Irish, mid-19th century
A narrow country road.
Examples of Boreen in a sentence
"Go down that boreen for about a mile, and you'll find his house on the right."
"They avoided highways for their entire trip in Ireland, sticking to local roads and boreens."
If you're planning a trip to Ireland, you might want to learn a few words of Irish, as it's the primary language spoken by many of its inhabitants. When you ask for directions, you're likely to be sent down a boreen. The word for a country path comes from the Irish word "bóthar," or road.
Did you Know?
The Irish language, also known as Gaeilge, is the national language of Irelend. It is sometimes referred to as Gaelic in English, but that's not exactly correct. According to the European Union, Gaelic is the Celtic language group of Ireland and Scotland. So, Irish is the native language of Ireland, and it traveled to Scotland, where it became Gaelic.