from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to Ireland or its people, language, or culture.
- n. The people of Ireland.
- n. See Irish Gaelic.
- n. See Irish English.
- n. Informal Fieriness of temper or passion; high spirit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. The Goidelic language indigenous to Ireland, also known as Irish Gaelic.
- n. The Irish people.
- n. A board game of the tables family.
- n. Temper; anger, passion.
- n. whiskey, or whisky, elaborated in Ireland.
- adj. Pertaining to or originating from Ireland or the Irish people.
- adj. Pertaining to the Irish language.
- adj. Nonsensical, daft or complex.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to Ireland or to its inhabitants; produced in Ireland.
- n. The natives or inhabitants of Ireland, esp. the Celtic natives or their descendants.
- n. The language of the Irish; also called Irish Gaelic or the Hiberno-Celtic.
- n. An old game resembling backgammon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to Ireland, or to the people of Ireland, an island lying west of Great Britain and forming part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
- Pertaining to the Celtic inhabitants (the Gaels) of Scotland; Erse.
- Irish embroidery of any sort.
- n. plural The inhabitants of Ireland.
- n. The language of the native Celtic race in Ireland.
- n. English as spoken by natives of Ireland, with characteristic peculiarities (the “Irish brogue”).
- n. An old game similar to backgammon, but more complicated. Halliwell. Compare after game at Irish, under after-game.
- n. Abbreviated Irish
- Wrathful; choleric.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the Celtic language of Ireland
- n. people of Ireland or of Irish extraction
- n. whiskey made in Ireland chiefly from barley
- adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Ireland or its people
Middle English, from Old English Īras, the Irish; see peiə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English Irisce (12th c.), from Old English Īras ("Irishmen"), from Old Norse írar, from Old Irish Ériu (mod. Éire ("Ireland")), from Proto-Celtic *Īwerjū 'fat land, fertile'; akin to Ancient Greek (píeira, "fertile land"), Sanskrit (pívarī, "fat")'. (Wiktionary)