Meaning of Erse in English:


Pronunciation /əːs/


mass noun dated
  • The Scottish or Irish Gaelic language.

    ‘we found her chatting happily to an Irish monk in Erse’
    • ‘Erse songs and tales’
    • ‘Celtic languages, Erse, Gaelic, Manx, and Welsh, continue to be spoken in Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, and Wales.’
    • ‘For many performers it was a statement of identity, allied to a desire for constitutional change and the need to maintain languages such as Welsh, Gaelic, Breton and Erse, threatened with extinction.’
    • ‘There are others with similarly impressive results in Irish who would be flummoxed altogether if the EU told us to put our money where our mouths are and speak this expensive Erse.’
    • ‘I search all the time for blogs in the fair Erse tongue, but as yet I haven't come across any.’
    • ‘In Ireland it is generally known as IRISH, and formerly in Scotland was referred to as both Erse and Irish.’
    • ‘In fact, their surnames can be very easily rendered into their Erse equivalents.’


Early Scots form of Irish.