Definition of Scots

1. Noun. The dialect of English used in Scotland.

Exact synonyms: Scots English, Scottish
Generic synonyms: English, English Language
Specialized synonyms: Lallans, Scottish Lallans
Geographical relationships: Scotland
Derivative terms: Scottish

2. Adjective. Of or relating to or characteristic of Scotland or its people or culture or its English dialect or Gaelic language. "`Scotch' is in disfavor with Scottish people and is used primarily outside Scotland except in such frozen phrases as `Scotch broth' or `Scotch whiskey' or `Scotch plaid'"
Exact synonyms: Scotch, Scottish
Partainyms: Scotland, Scotland, Scotland
Derivative terms: Scottish

Definition of Scots

1. a. Of or pertaining to the Scotch; Scotch; Scottish; as, Scots law; a pound Scots (1s. 8d.).

Definition of Scots

1. Proper noun. A Germanic language closely related to English and descended from northern dialects of Middle English, spoken in parts of Scotland, now especially in the central, northeastern and southern regions of the country. ¹

2. Noun. (plural of Scot) ¹

3. Adjective. Scottish ¹

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Definition of Scots

1. scot [n] - See also: scot

Scots Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Scots

Scotch whisky
Scotch woodcock
Scotland Yard
Scots English
Scots Gaelic
Scots heather
Scots pine
Scott's Spleenwort
Scott-Wilson reagent
Scott Joplin
Scott operation

Literary usage of Scots

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1887)
"The origin of the scots and Picts has been also vehemently debated since the ... Bede represents them as distinct from the Britons and the scots both in ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"The scots pressed him to take the Covenant, offering, if he would do so, ... These proposals failed to satisfy the scots; still less could they satisfy the ..."

3. Selections from the Judicial Records of Renfrewshire: Illustrative of the by William Hector (1878)
"... shillings scots ; the said John Willock of the soume of ... ye soume of twentie shillings scots ; the said Abraham Wood, of the soume of twentie ..."

4. The Political History of England by William Hunt, Reginald Lane Poole (1905)
"The scots still had the prudence to withdraw beyond the Forth, ... The scots followed on their tracks, but with such secrecy that they penetrated into the ..."

5. Selections from the Judicial Records of Renfrewshire: Illustrative of the by William Hector (1876)
"scots. The yearly grass maill for a cow was, in 1686, £4 ; 1687, ... The price of a cow and calf, in 1720, was^18 scots, and each of three calves, ..."

6. The American Historical Review by American Historical Association (1905)
"Virginia Letters on the scots Dañen Colony, /Opp. THE Company of Scotland Trading to Africa and the Indies, known later as the " Darien Company ", owed its ..."

7. The Cambridge History of English Literature by Adolphus William Ward, Alfred Rayney Waller (1908)
"CHAPTER IV THE SCOTTISH LANGUAGE EARLY AND MIDDLE scots THE history of the scots ... The name 'scots' or *Scottish' has been applied to the language of the ..."

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