Definition of Scottish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskädiSH/


Relating to Scotland or its people: the Scottish Highlands Scottish dancing
More example sentences
  • He denies that he will use his new role to get Scottish dancing onto the national curriculum.
  • Every history of Scotland is an essay on Scottish identity, and this one is no different.
  • The first thing is to build up a new team and I need to build up the youth and get quality in Scottish football.


(as plural noun the Scottish)
The people of Scotland. See also Scots.


The terms Scottish, Scot, Scots, and Scotch are all variants of the same word. They have had different histories, however, and in modern English they have developed different uses and connotations.The normal everyday word used to mean ‘of or relating to Scotland or its people’ is Scottish: Scottish people; Scottish hills; Scottish Gaelic; she’s English, not Scottish. The normal, neutral word for ‘a person from Scotland’ is Scot, along with Scotsman, Scotswoman, and the plural form the Scots (or, less commonly, the Scottish). Scots is also used, like Scottish, as an adjective meaning ‘of or relating to Scotland.’ However, it tends to be used in a narrower sense to refer specifically to the form of English used in Scotland: Scots accent; the Scots word for ‘night.’ The word Scotch, meaning either ‘of or relating to Scotland’ or ‘a person/the people from Scotland,’ was widely used in the past by Scottish writers such as Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott. In the 20th century, it became less common. It is disliked by many Scottish people (as being an ‘English’ invention) and is now regarded as old-fashioned in most contexts. It survives in certain fixed phrases, as, for example, Scotch broth and Scotch whisky.



Example sentences
  • The new branding also allows us to reinforce our unique Scottishness and highlight this to our audience.
  • The idea of trying to get these people to conform to a view of Scottishness that suits the majority is not the way forward.
  • It is my job to tell as many people as possible that coming to watch rugby is a great way to show your Scottishness.

Words that rhyme with Scottish

hottish, sottish

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Scot·tish

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