hag·​gis | \ ˈha-gəs How to pronounce haggis (audio) \

Definition of haggis

: a traditionally Scottish dish that consists of the heart, liver, and lungs of a sheep or a calf minced with suet, onions, oatmeal, and seasonings and boiled in the stomach of the animal

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Recent Examples on the Web Scotland's Sandy Lyle donned a kilt and served haggis in 1989. Ben Morse, CNN, "Dustin Johnson to serve pigs in a blanket, filet mignon at Masters Champions Dinner," 6 Apr. 2021 Millions of people celebrate the birth of poet Robert Burns on Jan. 25 with suppers featuring haggis and Scotch whisky. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Burns Night is ‘auld lang’ wine time," 16 Jan. 2021 The Cambridges also treated hospital staff to a fitting celebratory lunch, comprising haggis, neeps, and tatties. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Rewore a Festive Tartan Dress to Celebrate Burns Night," 26 Jan. 2021 Craig Camp, Troon Vineyard’s general manager, recommends pairing their 2018 Tannat ($45) with a traditional haggis. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Burns Night is ‘auld lang’ wine time," 16 Jan. 2021 The Harbour Breaded and battered fish, shrimp, calamari, sausage, haggis, fritters and pakora. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, "The food hall at Bottleworks is opening in January. Here's a list of the restaurants.," 19 Oct. 2020 Its breakfast included haggis—and a dram of scotch. The Economist, "Schumpeter Farewell for now to a golden age of drinking," 23 May 2020 But for haggis purists in the United States, celebrating Burns Night can be a challenge. David Yaffe-bellany, New York Times, "Building the Perfect Meal With Sheep Lungs and a Suitcase," 24 Jan. 2020 Scotch eggs, haggis, sandwiches and other pub fare, $7-$30. Los Angeles Times, "Scotland a foodie haven? ’Tis true. And so is this: Haggis is kind of great," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of haggis

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for haggis

Middle English hagese

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16 Apr 2021

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“Haggis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haggis. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of haggis

: a Scottish dish made from the organs of a sheep that are chopped up, mixed with suet, onions, oatmeal, and seasonings, and boiled in the stomach of the sheep

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