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

Examples of haggis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Annually, a few days or weeks after some hearty haggis was consumed depending on what day Lunar New Year would fall on, the food traditions would begin. Julie Lin, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Feb. 2024 The Full Scottish Breakfast comes appropriately loaded with eggs, sausage, smoked bacon, haggis, roasted mushrooms, roasted tomato, baked beans, hash browns and toast. Catherine Garcia, theweek, 13 Jan. 2024 Don’t let that scare you off, though; depending on how it’s cooked, haggis is peppery and almost sausage-like. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 5 Sep. 2023 The holiday, which honors the renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns, is traditionally celebrated with haggis, readings of Burns's works, and toasts, but with the ongoing global pandemic, celebrations are set to look different this year, especially for the country's healthcare workers. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 25 Jan. 2021 First celebrated in 1801, this occasion is now a global affair traditionally involving readings of Burns most notable works, eating haggis with neeps and tatties, the sound of bagpipes ... Claudia Alarcón, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 The second haggis came as a surprise. Town & Country, 14 Dec. 2022 Burns Night became an annual tradition after nine of his friends gathered in July 1801 to feast on haggis, read his poems, give speeches in his honor, and commemorate the fifth anniversary of his death. Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, 28 Jan. 2023 Scotch, beer, bagpipes, haggis and more all come together to mark the occasion. Marc Bona, cleveland, 25 Jan. 2023

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Word History


Middle English hagese

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of haggis was in the 15th century

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“Haggis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haggis. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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