from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- An island group of western and northwest Scotland in the Atlantic Ocean, divided into the Inner Hebrides, closer to the Scottish mainland, and the Outer Hebrides, to the northwest. The original Celtic inhabitants were conquered by Scandinavians, particularly Norwegians, who ruled the islands until 1266. Native Scottish chieftains controlled the Hebrides until the 16th century, when the islands passed to the kingdom of Scotland.
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- proper n. Collective name for the islands off the west coast of Scotland, divided into the Inner Hebrides and the Outer Hebrides.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as Hebridæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a group of more than 500 islands off the western coast of Scotland
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Off the western coast of Scotland lie many islands known as the Hebrides; the group farthest to the northwest is called the Outer Hebrides, and three of these islands were North Uist, South Uist, and Benbecula – west of the Isle of Skye.
Phil -- if people want to live in the Outer Hebrides, that is their choice.
The outer Hebrides are the dark shaded blue on the map of Scotland, right The Hebrides are a cold inhospitable place, with the wind from the north sea blowing down the Irish sea.
Hebrides, which is proverbial, came full upon my recollection.
Northwesterne Isles called the Hebrides, so many hundred yeeres agoe.
In the Hebrides is the Irish custom of eating on Hallowe'en a cake of meal and salt, or a salt herring, bones and all, to dream of some one bringing a drink of water.
Lewis, and all the Hebrides were their own, besides the estates of the
-- St. Colm, or Columbanus, who was born in 521, was the founder and abbot of a monastery in Iona, one of the Hebrides, which is also called Icolmkill -- the Isle of Colm's Cell.
His letters from the Hebrides to Mrs. Thrale are the original of that work of which the Journey to the Hebrides is the translation; and it is amusing to compare the two versions. '
It was not easy to do it; for all the stories that I had heard of the dangerous sailing among the Hebrides, which is proverbial , came full upon my recollection.