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Definition of Scot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a member of a Celtic people of northern Ireland settling in Scotland about a.d. 500
2a : a native or inhabitant of Scotland
b : a person of Scottish descent
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Definition of scot (Entry 2 of 2)

: money assessed or paid

First Known Use of Scot

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Scot

Noun (1)

Middle English Scottes Scots, from Old English Scottas from Late Latin Scotus

Noun (2)

Middle English, from Old Norse skot shot, contribution — more at shot

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The first known use of Scot was before the 12th century

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“Scot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Scot. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of Scot

: a person born, raised, or living in Scotland


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Kids Definition of Scot

: a person born or living in Scotland

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