When did duine become a person rather than a man? Watson defines it as "man", and the course defines "an duine agam" as "my husband" Watson has dhaoine as the collective meaning people, but not in the singular for a person Is there a gaelic word, other than duine, meaning a person of either sex? [PLEASE - I don't want to get into any debates about "gender"]
Quite a while, its root word is for "person":
You can use pearsa or neach, if you'd rather, but duine as "person" is historically accurate -- at least as far back as "Clan Traditions and Popular Tales of the Western Highlands and Islands" in 1895 (available for free in entirety via Google Books).