[ airt; Scot. eyrt ]
/ ɛərt; Scot. eɪrt /
Chiefly Scot.


a direction.

verb (used with object)

to point out the way; direct; guide.
Also airth [airth; Scot. eyrth] /ɛərθ; Scot. eɪrθ/.

Origin of airt

1400–50; late Middle English (Scots) a(i)rt < Scots Gaelic àird point, quarter of the compass; cognate with Greek árdis arrowhead. The borrowing of Scots airt from Scots Gaelic àird is exact since Scots Gaelic d is totally voiceless and àird sounds like English arch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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airth (ɛəθ, Scottish erθ)

/ (ɛət, Scottish ert) /


Scot a direction or point of the compass, esp the direction of the wind; quarter; region

Word Origin for airt

C14: from Scots Gaelic aird point of the compass, height
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