Scots

[ skots ]
/ skɒts /
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noun

Also called Scottish. the English language as spoken in Scotland.Compare Scots Gaelic.

adjective

Origin of Scots

1325–75; syncopated form of Scottis, Middle English, variant (north) of Scottish

Usage note

See Scotch.

Definition for scots (2 of 3)

scot

[ skot ]
/ skɒt /

noun History/Historical.

a payment or charge.
one's share of a payment or charge.
an assessment or tax.

Origin of scot

1200–50; Middle English < Old Norse skattr tax, treasure; cognate with Old English gescot payment

Definition for scots (3 of 3)

Scot

[ skot ]
/ skɒt /

noun

a native or inhabitant of Scotland.
one of an ancient Gaelic people who came from northern Ireland about the 6th century a.d. and settled in the northwestern part of Great Britain, and after whom Scotland was named.

Origin of Scot

before 900; Middle English; Old English Scottas (plural) < Late Latin Scottī the Irish
Can be confusedScot Scotch Scottish (see usage note at Scotch)

Usage note

See Scotch.
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British Dictionary definitions for scots (1 of 2)

Scots

/ (skɒts) /

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of Scotland, its people, their English dialects, or their Gaelic language

noun

any of the English dialects spoken or written in ScotlandSee also Lallans

British Dictionary definitions for scots (2 of 2)

Scot

/ (skɒt) /

noun

a native or inhabitant of Scotland
a member of a tribe of Celtic raiders from the north of Ireland who carried out periodic attacks against the British mainland coast from the 3rd century ad, eventually settling in N Britain during the 5th and 6th centuries
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Idioms and Phrases with scots

scot


see get off (scot-free).

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