1 of 2


: scottish
used especially of the people and language and in legal context


2 of 2


: the English language of Scotland

Examples of Scots in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The actress previously wore curly, light brown hair for 2018's Mary Queen of Scots and dark-colored hair to film David O. Russell's Amsterdam in 2021. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 9 Apr. 2024 Mary, Queen of Scots, has been imprisoned by rebels and forced to leave her son, the future King James, with her enemies. The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 Mary and George initially have a sponsor in Sir David Graham (Angus Wright), an Englishman who wants to reduce the influence of Scots like Somerset; when their incentives no longer align, Mary swiftly pivots to other partners. Alison Herman, Variety, 5 Apr. 2024 He was succeeded by his son, King Charles I, and is buried today at Westminster Abbey near both his mother, Mary, Queen of Scots, and her executioner, Queen Elizabeth I. Kerry J. Byrne Fox News, Fox News, 24 Mar. 2024 Twenty-three percent of witchcraft accusations against Scots between 1563 and 1736 involved fairies and elves. Frederick Kaufman, Harper's Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 In collaboration with noblewoman Elizabeth Talbot (widely known as Bess of Hardwick), Mary, Queen of Scots, designed several embroidery and lace patterns. Pragya Agarwal, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Mar. 2024 Oak Grove senior Jameson Rios hit a double. Carlmont 5, Sacred Heart Prep 2 Carlmont senior Joseph Prieto was 2 for 4 with an RBI as the Scots defeated Sacred Heart Prep. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 14 Mar. 2024 Stirling Castle One of the largest and most historically significant castles in Scottish history, Stirling Castle was the early childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 5 Dec. 2023

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Word History



Middle English Scottis, alteration of Scottish

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Scots was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near Scots

Cite this Entry

“Scots.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective


2 of 2 noun
: the English language of Scotland

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