Meaning of IRISH in English

IRISH

adj.

Pronunciation: ' ī -rish

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English * Ī risc, from Ī ras Irishmen, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish Ériu Ireland

Date: 13th century

1 plural in construction : natives or inhabitants of Ireland or their descendants especially when of Celtic speech or culture

2 a : the Celtic language of Ireland especially as used since the later medieval period b : English spoken by the Irish

3 : IRISH WHISKEY

– Irish adjective

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.