Main definitions of airt in English

: airt1airt2

airt1

noun

English Regional, Northern, Irish English
Scottish
  • A quarter of the heavens; a point of the compass; a direction. Hence more generally: a quarter, a locality.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Cursor Mundi: a Northumbrian poem of the 14th century. Probably from Irish aird compass point, quarter, direction and its cognate Scottish Gaelic àird (Early Irish aird point, especially compass point), perhaps from the same Indo-European base as ancient Greek ἄρδις spearhead.

Pronunciation

airt

/ɛːt/

Main definitions of airt in English

: airt1airt2

airt2

verb

Northern, Irish English
Scottish
  • 1with object To direct, guide (a person or thing) to a place; to point or set moving in a certain direction.

  • 2no object To direct one’s way to or towards, to make for. Also of a wind: to blow (from a certain quarter).

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in John Sinclair (1754–1835), agricultural improver, politician, and codifier of ‘useful knowledge’. From airt.

Pronunciation

airt

/ɛːt/