[ skot-ish ]

  1. Also Scots. of or relating to Scotland, its people, or their language.

  1. the people of Scotland.

Origin of Scottish

First recorded before 900; Middle English, from Late Latin Scott(us)Scot + -ish1; replacing Old English Scyttisc

confusables note For Scottish

See Scotch.

Other words from Scottish

  • Scot·tish·ly, adverb
  • Scot·tish·ness, noun
  • half-Scottish, adjective

Words that may be confused with Scottish

Words Nearby Scottish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Scottish in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Scottish


/ (ˈskɒtɪʃ) /

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Scotland, its people, their Gaelic language, or their English dialect

  1. the Scottish (functioning as plural) the Scots collectively

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