Definition of makar in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmakər/ /ˈmækər/


  • 1Scottish archaic A poet or bard.

    • ‘poetry is in great shape, with Robertson and Paterson prominent among the many makars, as Scots of old called their poets’
    1. 1.1(in Scotland) an eminent poet appointed by an official body, especially one appointed by the government as the national poet of Scotland.
      ‘in 2011 she was named as the second Scots Makar’
      • ‘being Edinburgh Makar for the last six years has been a great honor’


Late Middle English (in the spelling maker, a sense of maker); the Scottish spelling dates from the late 15th century, while the modern use originated in the 21st century.