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nounIrish English, Scottish
1Abundance, plenty; prosperity; happiness; luck.
2"sonse fa' (also occasionally on) me (also ye, etc.)" and variants: used as an expression of good wishes or (more widely) as an interjection expressing friendly feeling.
Late 15th century; earliest use found in Andrew of Wyntoun (c1350–c1422), prior of St Serf's, Lochleven, and historian. Apparently from Scottish Gaelic sonas good fortune, prosperity, happiness; compare Irish sonas, in the same sense.
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