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Scottish Line breaks: Scot|tish
Pronunciation: /ˈskɒtɪʃ/

Definition of Scottish in English:


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) Back to top  
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, as in Scottish people; Scottish hills; Scottish Gaelic; or 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). 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. It is now less common, being disliked by many Scottish people (as being an ‘Englishinvention) and now regarded as old-fashioned in most contexts. It survives in certain fixed phrases, as for example Scotch broth, Scotch mist, and Scotch whisky. Scots is used, like Scottish, as an adjective meaningrelating to Scotland’. However, it tends to be used in a narrower sense to refer specifically to the form of English spoken and used in Scotland, as in a Scots accent or the Scots word for ‘night.



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

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