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1Celtic History= Scots-Irish. rare before late 19th cent.
2Chiefly North American. Designating Ulster Scots settlers in North America; of, belonging to, or descended from these settlers; (occasionally) designating the Ulster Scots themselves.
1Chiefly North American. Ulster Scots people in North America or in the north of Ireland considered collectively.
2Celtic History= Scots-Irish. rare.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Michael Drayton (1536–1631), poet. From Scotch + Irish. With senses A. 1 and B. 3 compare earlier Irish Scot.
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