(also Shetland or the Shetlands)
Definition of Shetland Islands in English:
A group of about 100 islands off the north coast of Scotland, north-east of the Orkneys, constituting a council area of Scotland; population 21,800 (est. 2009); chief town, Lerwick. Together with the Orkney Islands the Shetland Islands became a part of Scotland in 1472, having previously been ruled by Norway and Denmark.
- Example sentences
- Orkney's health board area has one National Health Service dentist to serve its 20,000 population, while three are available for the 26,500 people in the Western Isles and three serve the 22,000 Shetlanders.
- In terms of food, there's plenty to investigate: Shetlanders have specialities such as reestit mutton and sassermeat (spiced sausagemeat).
- When Christianity arrived, the ancient festival of Yule became Christmas, but Shetlanders reverted to their pagan past to celebrate Uphalliday, the end of the holidays, with feasting, drinking and bonfires.
Definition of Shetland Islands in:
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