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[osh-uh n, os-ee-uh n]
noun Gaelic Legend.
  1. a legendary hero and poet and son of Finn, who is supposed to have lived during the 3rd century a.d., represented in Gaelic poems and in imitations of them written by James Macpherson in the 18th century.
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Also Oi·sin [uh-sheen] /ʌˈʃin/.
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Historical Examples of ossian

  • It is like closing a volume of Ossian and opening the pages of Theocritus.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • That the poetry so denominated was, in substance, composed by Ossian we have no doubt.

  • I should not like to be condemned to read nothing but Ossian for a year.

  • "Ossian's Poems," replied Margaret, without a moment's hesitation.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • Ossian was the rage—quotations from the blind bard of Morven were in every one's mouth.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

British Dictionary definitions for ossian


  1. a legendary Irish hero and bard of the 3rd century adSee also Macpherson
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