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Ulster

[uhl-ster]
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noun
  1. a former province in Ireland, now comprising Northern Ireland and a part of the Republic of Ireland.
  2. a province in N Republic of Ireland. 3123 sq. mi. (8090 sq. km).
  3. Informal. Northern Ireland.
  4. (lowercase) a long, loose, heavy overcoat, originally of Irish frieze, now also of any of various other woolen cloths.
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Related formsUl·ster·ite [uhl-stuh-rahyt] /ˈʌl stəˌraɪt/, noun
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  • If you were to say to an Ulster man, "Who are the proudest people in Ireland?"

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • There's no people in the earthly world talks as fine as the Ulster people.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • And if you were to say to a Ballyards man, "Who are the proudest people in Ulster?"

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • "And I come from Ulster where all the good men come from," John concluded.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • "I've seen some poor specimens from Ulster," Mr. Clotworthy said.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine


British Dictionary definitions for ulster

ulster

noun
  1. a man's heavy double-breasted overcoat with a belt or half-belt at the back
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Word Origin

C19: so called because it was first produced in Northern Ireland

Ulster

noun
  1. a province and former kingdom of N Ireland: passed to the English Crown in 1461; confiscated land given to English and Scottish Protestant settlers in the 17th century, giving rise to serious long-term conflict; partitioned in 1921, six counties forming Northern Ireland and three counties joining the Republic of Ireland. Pop (three Ulster counties of the Republic of Ireland): 46 714 (2002); (six Ulster counties of Northern Ireland): 1 702 628 (2003 est). Area (Republic of Ireland): 8013 sq km (3094 sq miles); (Northern Ireland): 14 121 sq km (5452 sq miles)
  2. an informal name for Northern Ireland
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Word Origin and History for ulster

Ulster

northernmost of the four provinces of Ireland, 14c., from Anglo-French Ulvestre (early 13c.), Anglo-Latin Ulvestera (c.1200), corresponding to Old Norse Ulfastir, probably from Irish Ulaidh "men of Ulster" + suffix also found in Leinster, Munster, and perhaps representing Irish tir "land."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ulster in Culture

Ulster

A historic division of Ireland, located in the northeastern part of the island. Six of its nine counties are in Northern Ireland. (See Republic of Ireland.)

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