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[don-i-gawl, don-i-gawl] /ˈdɒn ɪˌgɔl, ˌdɒn ɪˈgɔl/
a county in the N Republic of Ireland. 1865 sq. mi. (4830 sq. km). County seat: Lifford.
Also called Donegal tweed. a plain or herringbone tweed with colored slubs. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But the fly was born with his magnasoles, and he trotted across the ceiling like Donegal never could.

    Death of a Spaceman Walter M. Miller
  • Arthur had the joy of bringing the good news down to Donegal.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • Donegal--Dunfanaghy--Glenties--Resident proprietors good and charitable.

  • It's a shirt and a plain stocking were got off a drowned man in Donegal.

    Riders to the Sea J. M. Synge
  • They have the silly suspicion and the childish credulity of the Donegal rural districts.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • We had no railway to Donegal, fifteen miles away, and cartage was too expensive.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • No doubt it will be a great thing for Donegal when “light railways” are laid down here.

  • That's what the poorest and most ignorant people of Donegal say.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • We left our luggage at the station of the Donegal narrow-gauge railway, and then walked down into the town.

    The Charm of Ireland Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • We are very, very backward in Donegal, but not nearly so bad as in the south and west.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
British Dictionary definitions for Donegal


/ˈdɒnɪˌɡɔːl; ˌdɒnɪˈɡɔːl; ˌdʌnɪˈɡɔːl/
a county in NW Republic of Ireland, on the Atlantic: mountainous, with a rugged coastline and many offshore islands. County town: Lifford. Pop: 137 575 (2002). Area: 4830 sq km (1865 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Donegal

county in northern Ireland, from Irish Dun na nGall "fort of the foreigners" (in this case, the Danes); also see Galloway.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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