[air-uh, ahy-ruh, air-ee, ahy-ree]


the Irish name of Ireland.
a former name (1937–49) of the Republic of Ireland.

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Historical Examples of eire

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

    Attention Saint Patrick

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • I tore it from the green boughs of old Eire,138The willow of the many-sorrowed world.


    W. B. Yeats

  • The wife of the first was Eire, and from her the name of the country was derived.

  • Eire instantly and magnanimously granted to her new north all the points that had been fought over so bitterly for so many years.

    The Golden Judge

    Nathaniel Gordon

  • In Eire we know no gods who take such shape appearing unto men.

    Imaginations and Reveries

    (A.E.) George William Russell

British Dictionary definitions for eire



the Irish Gaelic name for Ireland
a former official name (1937–49) for Republic of Ireland
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Word Origin and History for eire


see Irish.

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