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scot 1

Syllabification: scot

noun

archaic
A payment corresponding to a modern tax, rate, or other assessed contribution.
Example sentences
  • In fact, a scot or secot was a municipal tax in 12 th-century England and someone who went scot-free was one who succeeded in dodging the tax.

Origin

Late Old English, from Old Norse skot 'a shot', reinforced by Old French escot, of Germanic origin; related to shot1.

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Scot 2 Syllabification: Scot

noun

1A native of Scotland or a person of Scottish descent.
Example sentences
  • Although her art focuses on Scotland's industrial landscapes, Downie is not a native Scot.
  • This is the story of a young Scot of Pakistani descent and a young white woman of Irish descent.
  • As a Scot I welcome a Scottish Prime Minister, whichever side of the political equation.
1.1A member of a Gaelic people that migrated from Ireland to Scotland around the late 5th century.
Example sentences
  • It might be supposed, therefore, that the position of mormaer was a creation of the new Gaelic kingdom of the Scots.
  • The non-English parts of the UK have ten million Gaels, Celts, Picts, Irish, Scots and Vikings.
  • In 367, the Scots and Picts ignored agreements made with Rome and attacked the frontier.

Origin

Old English Scottas (plural), from late Latin Scottus, of unknown ultimate origin.

Usage

On the different uses of Scot, Scots, Scottish, and Scotch, see Scottish (usage).

Words that rhyme with Scot

allot, begot, Bernadotte, blot, bot, capot, clot, cocotte, cot, culotte, dot, forgot, garrotte (US garrote), gavotte, got, grot, hot, jot, knot, lot, Mayotte, motte, not, Ott, outshot, plot, pot, rot, sans-culotte, Scott, shallot, shot, slot, snot, sot, spot, squat, stot, swat, swot, tot, trot, undershot, Wat, Watt, what, wot, yacht

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