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(Languages) the Goidelic language of the Celts of Ireland, now spoken mainly along the west coast; an official language of the Republic of Ireland since 1921
1. (used with a pl. v.)
a. the inhabitants of Ireland.
b. natives of Ireland or persons of Irish ancestry living outside Ireland.
2. the Celtic language of Ireland, now largely supplanted as a vernacular by English. Abbr.: Iradj.
3. of or pertaining to Ireland, its inhabitants, or the language Irish.Idioms:
get one's Irish up, Informal. to become angry or outraged.
[1175–1225; Middle English Yrisse, Iris(c)h; compare Old English Īras people of Ireland (c. Old Norse Īrar); see -ish1]
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|Noun||1.||Irish Gaelic - the Celtic language of Ireland|
Old Irish - Irish Gaelic up to about 1100
Middle Irish - Irish Gaelic from 1100 to 1500