Irish

noun
\ ˈī-rish How to pronounce Irish (audio) \

Definition of Irish

1 plural in construction : natives or inhabitants of Ireland or their descendants especially when of Celtic speech or culture
2a : the Celtic language of Ireland especially as used since the later medieval period
b : English spoken by the Irish

Other Words from Irish

Irish adjective

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First Known Use of Irish

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Irish

Middle English, from Old English *Īrisc, from Īras Irishmen, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish Ériu Ireland

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“Irish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Irish. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for Irish

Irish

adjective
\ ˈīr-ish How to pronounce Irish (audio) \

Kids Definition of Irish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to Ireland, its people, or the Irish language

Irish

noun

Kids Definition of Irish (Entry 2 of 2)

1 Irish plural : the people of Ireland
2 : a language of Ireland

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