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[heb-ri-deez] /ˈhɛb rɪˌdiz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
a group of islands (Inner Hebrides and Outer Hebrides) off the W coast of and belonging to Scotland. About 2900 sq. mi. (7500 sq. km).
Also called Western Islands.
Related forms
Hebridean, Hebridian, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A few days afterwards Jaffery went off to sail a small boat with another lunatic in the Hebrides.

    Jaffery William J. Locke
  • Not a better seaboat could be found between the mainland and the Hebrides.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • Then how came it that the father and son were lost in the yacht off the Hebrides?

    Humorous Ghost Stories Dorothy Scarborough
  • The whole of the Tour to the Hebrides is incorporated with the Life.

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan
  • For five months Charles was a solitary fugitive in the Highlands and Hebrides.

    A History of England, Period III. Rev. J. Franck Bright
  • Then we went to the Hebrides and fought some battles, and after that south to Man, which we herried.

    Erling the Bold R.M. Ballantyne
  • The habitations of men in the Hebrides may be distinguished into huts and houses.

  • It is now firmly entrenched on both the Orkneys and the Hebrides.

  • But from this time until we left the Hebrides we were so much taken up with what we saw as scarce to give him another thought.

    Our Journey to the Hebrides Joseph Pennell and Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • And so my design on the Hebrides had to be postponed for a twelvemonth.

British Dictionary definitions for Hebrides


plural noun
the Hebrides, a group of over 500 islands off the W coast of Scotland: separated by the North Minch, Little Minch, and the Sea of the Hebrides: the chief islands are Skye, Raasay, Rum, Eigg, Coll, Tiree, Mull, Jura, Colonsay, and Islay (Inner Hebrides), and Lewis with Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, and Barra (Outer Hebrides) Also known as the Western Isles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Hebrides

originally Ebudae, Haebudes, of uncertain origin. Apparently a scribal error turned -u- into -ri-. The Norse name, Suðregar, "Southern Islands," is relative to the Orkneys. Related: Hebridean.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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