Main definitions of Ayrshire in English

: Ayrshire1Ayrshire2


Pronunciation /ˈerˌSHir/ /ˈɛrˌʃɪr/ /ˈerSHər/ /ˈɛrʃər/

proper noun

  • A former county of southwestern Scotland, on the Firth of Clyde, now divided into the council areas of North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, and South Ayrshire.

Main definitions of Ayrshire in English

: Ayrshire1Ayrshire2


Pronunciation /ˈe(ə)rSHər/ /-ˌSHi(ə)r/ /ˈɛ(ə)rˌʃər/


  • An animal of a mainly white breed of dairy cattle.

    ‘Besides Jerseys and Holsteins, other US dairy breeds such as Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, Guernseys and Milking Shorthorn have been used successfully in pasture-based systems in different areas of the country.’
    • ‘The collection, which was sold off following the owner's death, included dairy shorthorns which fetched £1,240, Ayrshires at £610, Aberdeen Angus cattle at £410, and Guernseys at £410.’
    • ‘For the first time in 45 years, an Ayrshire beat a Friesian cow to win the overall supreme cattle championship.’
    • ‘But here, Jerseys, Ayrshires, and Holsteins cross genes, each lending their better characteristics and canceling out the lesser traits of the others.’
    • ‘Other varieties are said to be making a comeback, namely Ayrshires and Golden Wonder.’


Mid 19th century named after the Scottish county of Ayrshire, where the cattle were bred.