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I would assume this would be mainly appropriate for the Scottish diaspora. Where or what does the word Gyle originate from or mean. It is a widely used word in Scotland, from Argyle to Gyle shopping centres. The shortened word Gyle is used often throughout the country but appears to end at the border with England. I have seen unconfirmed references the fermentation of vinegar and to a fermentaion process for ale. Can anyone enlighten me please. Thank you kindly. Lynda


  • Hi @lburns695,

    The OED defines 'gyle' as:

    1. A brewing; the quantity of beer or ale brewed at one time.
    2. Wort in process of fermentation.
    3. A ‘gyle-tun’.

    NB: 'gyle-tun' is synonymous with 'gyle-fat', which is:

    The vat in which the wort is left to ferment.

  • Argyle — nowadays spelled Argyll — is plausibly derived from Old Gaelic airer Goídel 'border region of the Gaels' or possibly 'coastline of the Gaels'.

    As well as the brewing term, online dictionaries of Scots identify gyle as spelling of guile and as a word for 'fat'. I don't think this is of any help.

    The Gyle Shopping Centre in Edinburgh takes its name from South Gyle, which seems to be a recent name for a district largely reclaimed from the Gogar Loch.

  • The comment above is by me. dcrosbie551 does not exist.

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