- Gaelic, especially Scottish Gaelic.
- of or relating to Gaelic, especially Scottish Gaelic.
Examples from the Web for erse
There is I think a kirk, in which only the Erse language is used.A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland
A peculiar boat of the Orcades; also the Erse for a gurnard.
The Manx or Erse term which denotes the swell or rolling of the sea after a storm.
In the Manx and Erse, signifies a rock that can be seen before low-water.
The trouble was, of course, that the Erse colony on Eire was a bust.Attention Saint Patrick
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- another name for Irish Gaelic
- of or relating to the Irish Gaelic language
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."