- a former province in Ireland, now comprising Northern Ireland and a part of the Republic of Ireland.
- a province in N Republic of Ireland. 3123 sq. mi. (8090 sq. km).
- Informal. Northern Ireland.
- (lowercase) a long, loose, heavy overcoat, originally of Irish frieze, now also of any of various other woolen cloths.
Examples from the Web for ulster
The astonishing fact is that these unspeakable events in England were not as hideous as the everyday horrors in Ulster.Paul Theroux: The Day Boston Felt the World’s Pain
May 16, 2013
If you were to say to an Ulster man, "Who are the proudest people in Ireland?"
There's no people in the earthly world talks as fine as the Ulster people.
And if you were to say to a Ballyards man, "Who are the proudest people in Ulster?"
"And I come from Ulster where all the good men come from," John concluded.
"I've seen some poor specimens from Ulster," Mr. Clotworthy said.
- a man's heavy double-breasted overcoat with a belt or half-belt at the back
- 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)
- an informal name for Northern Ireland
Word Origin and History for 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."