1. of or relating to Gaelic, especially Scottish Gaelic. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  1. another name for Irish Gaelic
  1. of or relating to the Irish Gaelic language

Word Origin for Erse

C14: from Lowland Scots Erisch Irish; Irish being regarded as the literary form of Gaelic
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Word Origin and History for erse


late 14c., early Scottish variant of Old English Irisc or Old Norse Irskr "Irish" (see Irish); applied by Lowland Scots to the Gaelic speech of the Highlanders (which originally is from Ireland); sense shifted 19c. from "Highlanders" to "Irish."

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