Emerald Isle

Ireland

[ahyuh r-luh nd]
noun
  1. John,1838–1918, U.S. Roman Catholic clergyman and social reformer, born in Ireland: archbishop of St. Paul, Minn., 1888–1918.
  2. Also called Emerald Isle. Latin Hibernia. a large western island of the British Isles, comprising Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 32,375 sq. mi. (83,850 sq. km).
  3. Republic of. Formerly Irish Free State (1922–37), Also called Eire (1937–49). a republic occupying most of the island of Ireland. 27,137 sq. mi. (70,285 sq. km). Capital: Dublin.Irish Eire.
  4. Heraldry. a coat of arms blazoned as follows: Azure, a harp or stringed argent.
Related formsIre·land·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for emerald-isle

Emerald Isle

noun
  1. a poetic name for Ireland

Ireland

1
noun
  1. an island off NW Europe: part of the British Isles, separated from Britain by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George's Channel; contains large areas of peat bog, with mountains that rise over 900 m (3000 ft) in the southwest and several large lakes. It was conquered by England in the 16th and early 17th centuries and ruled as a dependency until 1801, when it was united with Great Britain until its division in 1921 into the Irish Free State and Northern IrelandLatin name: Hibernia
  2. Republic of Ireland, Irish Republic or Southern Ireland a republic in NW Europe occupying most of Ireland: established as the Irish Free State (a British dominion) in 1921 and declared a republic in 1949; joined the European Community (now the European Union) in 1973. Official languages: Irish (Gaelic) and English. Currency: euro. Capital: Dublin. Pop: 4 775 982 (2013 est). Area: 70 285 sq km (27 137 sq miles)
Gaelic name: Eire

Ireland

2
noun
  1. John (Nicholson). 1879–1962, English composer, esp of songs
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Word Origin and History for emerald-isle

Ireland

12c., Anglo-Norman, with land + native Eriu (see Irish).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

emerald-isle in Culture

Ireland

Island in the Atlantic Ocean separated from Great Britain by the Irish Sea. It is divided into Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Note

It is called the “Emerald Isle” because of its lush green countryside.
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