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Scot·​tish ˈskä-tish How to pronounce Scottish (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of Scotland, Scots, or the Scots
Scottishness noun


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: scots

Examples of Scottish in a Sentence

Adjective He spoke with a Scottish accent. Robert Burns was a great Scottish poet.
Recent Examples on the Web
This longline coat is a little bit old man, a little bit Scottish tartan, and a little bit perfect. Malia Griggs, Glamour, 26 Nov. 2023 The best is the Scottish team Heart of Midlothian, which is referred to almost exclusively as Hearts. Rory Smith, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2023 At its peak, more than 60 people were working on site to build out key infrastructure that would enable the facility to support launches of small rockets from Scottish shores. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 23 Nov. 2023 The show played a video clip capturing the filmmaker and the musician in character, talking with a Scottish brogue. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2023 Related Nettwerk signed a trio of new artists: singer-songwriter-guitarist Lily Meola (America’s Got Talent), singer-songwriter-producer Bryce Fox and Scottish duo SAINT PHNX (brothers Alan and Stevie Jukes). Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, 21 Nov. 2023 Perpetually drawn to the outdoors, from searching for bones amid post-WW2 rubble as a kid, to voyaging to Donovan’s Scottish commune by horse and carriage in her 20s, Bunyan long rooted her music’s roving spirit in a desire for physicality that’s muddy and crestfallen. Pitchfork, 20 Nov. 2023 Thanks to Fraser, with his white-glove expert service and deep knowledge of Scottish history, I’ve already been granted a license to kilt. Ross Kenneth Urken, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 Nov. 2023 Next was Madeleine’s second lover, a Scottish man who spoke frequently of his ex-girlfriend, a blond woman who looked suspiciously like Madeleine. Ben Gail, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2023
This super soft blanket is the perfect travel companion and is made of the highest quality 4-ply Scottish Cashmere for the most comfortable warmth. Micaela Arnett, Rolling Stone, 24 Nov. 2023 The remote area is a popular hiking and camping destination and home to Mount Snowdon, the highest point in the U.K. outside of the Scottish Highlands. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2023 Lacey Chabert will once again star alongside her Party of Five co-star, Scott Wolf in A Merry Scottish Christmas. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, 18 Nov. 2023 Murray Orr Scottish Hen Basket by All About Willow. Liam Hess, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2023 The health secretary initially agreed to pay £3,000 of the entire bill out of his expenses budget, while the Scottish Parliament (and therefore, tax-payers) would cover the rest. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 15 Nov. 2023 Baked in the Scottish Highlands, these are a yummy bite. Samantha Booth, Rolling Stone, 10 Nov. 2023 To paraphrase a Scottish TikToker: Jared Leto, get doon! Jared Leto, Vulture, 9 Nov. 2023 Three years later, Benjamin proposed during a road trip through the Scottish Highlands. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 9 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History



Middle English, from Scottes Scotsmen

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined above


1759, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near Scottish

Cite this Entry

“Scottish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
Scot·​tish ˈskät-ish How to pronounce Scottish (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of Scotland, the people of Scotland, or the Scots language


2 of 2 noun
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