(A name given to) any of a number of 15th- and early 16th-cent. Scottish poets influenced by the work of Geoffrey Chaucer.
The term has become less commonly used in recent years, primarily because of a desire to celebrate the Scottish character and origins of these poets. The influence of Chaucer is seen as one of many contributing influences on their work, including pre-existing Scottish models. Most scholars now prefer the term makar.
Late 19th century.