[ lok, lokh ]
/ lɒk, lɒx /

noun Scot.

a lake.
a partially landlocked or protected bay; a narrow arm of the sea.

Origin of loch

1350–1400; Middle English (Scots) louch, locht < Scots Gaelic loch, Old Irish loch lake, cognate with Latin lacus, Old English lagu; see lake1, lough
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British Dictionary definitions for loch


/ (lɒx, lɒk) /


a Scot word for lake 1
Also called: sea loch a long narrow bay or arm of the sea in Scotland

Word Origin for loch

C14: from Gaelic
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Word Origin and History for loch



late 14c., from Gaelic loch "lake, narrow arm of the sea," cognate with Old Irish loch "body of water, lake," Breton lagen, Anglo-Irish lough, Latin lacus (see lake (n.1)). The Loch Ness monster is first attested 1933.

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