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keeill, n.

Brit. /kiːl/
U.S. /kil/
Manx English /ˈkiːɪl/
Forms:  18– keeil, 18– keeill. (Show Less)
Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: A borrowing from Manx. Etymon: Manx keeill.
Etymology: < Manx keeill (18th cent. or earlier), cognate with Irish cill   (Early Irish cell  : see kill n.3).
In English contexts attested earlier in place names, e.g.:
1826   Manks Advertiser 31 Aug.   One of those ancient Churches, I remember, was dedicated to St. Bartholomew, called Keeill Pharlaa, or Parlane—Parlane is the Manks of Bartholomew.

  A small Christian chapel or monastic cell built on the Isle of Man during the medieval period; the ruins or remains of such a chapel or cell. Cf. kill n.3

1867   Mona's Herald 8 May   He also showed drawings of..the Keeil of the sixth century, and the Treen Church of the eighth century.
1889   Eng. Hist. Rev. 4 718   In the parish now called Arbory there are two keeills dedicated to Cairbre and Columb.
1925   Isle of Man Examiner 23 Jan. 4/4   The keeill was known as ‘Keeill Woirrey’ (‘St. Mary's Church’), and gave the name to the adjacent farm of Ballakilmorey.
1958   A. Ashley Churches Isle of Man 4   There is often evidence of a Christian grave-yard close to the keeill.
2017   @DCRB24 1 June in twitter.com (O.E.D. Archive)    Off to explore Manx graves and keeills!

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This is a new entry (OED Third Edition, June 2018).