From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia For other uses, see Sláinte (disambiguation).
- air do shlàinte "on your health!" with the response slàinte agad-sa "health at yourself!"
- slàinte mhòr "great health" which is also used as a Jacobite toast with the alternative meaning of "health to Marion", Marion (GaelicMòr) being a Jacobite code name for Prince Charles Edward Stuart.
The toast is mispronounced by non-native speakers in various ways, most commonly with excessive voicing as /ˈzlɑːndʒ/ (see the Pronunciation box on this page for a guide to the correct pronunciation).
The word is an abstract noun derived from the Old Irish adjective slán "whole, healthy" plus the Old Irish suffix tu, resulting in slántu"health" and eventually Middle Irish sláinte. The root slán is derived from the Indo-European root *slā- "advantageous" and linked to words like German selig "blessed" and the Latin salus "health".
In modern Romance languages, words descended from the Latin word salus (such as salute in Italian, salut in Catalan, salud in Spanish,saúde in Portuguese, santat in Occitan or santé in French) are similarly used as a toast.