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Erse

[urs]
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noun
  1. Gaelic, especially Scottish Gaelic.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Gaelic, especially Scottish Gaelic.
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Historical Examples

  • There is I think a kirk, in which only the Erse language is used.

    A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland

    Samuel Johnson

  • The Manx or Erse term which denotes the swell or rolling of the sea after a storm.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • A peculiar boat of the Orcades; also the Erse for a gurnard.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • In the Manx and Erse, signifies a rock that can be seen before low-water.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • The trouble was, of course, that the Erse colony on Eire was a bust.

    Attention Saint Patrick

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins


British Dictionary definitions for erse

Erse

noun
  1. another name for Irish Gaelic
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the Irish Gaelic language
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Word Origin

C14: from Lowland Scots Erisch Irish; Irish being regarded as the literary form of Gaelic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for erse

Erse

late 14c., early Scottish variant of Old English Irisc or Old Norse Irskr "Irish" (see Irish); applied by Lowland Scots to the Gaelic speech of the Highlanders (which originally is from Ireland); sense shifted 19c. from "Highlanders" to "Irish."

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