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[air-sheer, -sher]
  1. one of a Scottish breed of hardy dairy cattle having long, curving horns.
  2. Also called Ayr. a historic county in SW Scotland.
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Examples from the Web for ayrshire

Historical Examples of ayrshire

  • Shortly after my last return to Ayrshire, I married "my Jean."

    The Letters of Robert Burns

    Robert Burns

  • I regret that you are gone to the east country, as I am to be in Ayrshire in about a fortnight.

  • He stood for Ayrshire, turning back from York when the dissolution was announced.

    James Boswell

    William Keith Leask

  • Mr Manson was born in the parish of Kilwinning, Ayrshire, about the year 1812.

  • Kilmarnock, in Ayrshire, is the chief seat of the carpet manufacture in Scotland.

British Dictionary definitions for ayrshire


  1. a historical county of SW Scotland, formerly part of Strathclyde region (1975–96), now divided into the council areas of North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, and East Ayrshire
  2. any one of a hardy breed of brown-and-white dairy cattle
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