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

Examples of Irish in a Sentence

How many Irish are there in England?
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Word History


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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Irish was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near Irish

Cite this Entry

“Irish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Irish. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


Irish plural : the people of Ireland
: the Celtic language of Ireland
Irish adjective
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