Definition of Erse in US English:



  • The Scottish or Irish Gaelic language.

    ‘we found her chatting happily to an Irish monk in Erse’
    as modifier ‘Erse songs and tales’
    • ‘In Ireland it is generally known as IRISH, and formerly in Scotland was referred to as both Erse and Irish.’
    • ‘I search all the time for blogs in the fair Erse tongue, but as yet I haven't come across any.’
    • ‘Celtic languages, Erse, Gaelic, Manx, and Welsh, continue to be spoken in Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, and Wales.’
    • ‘There are others with similarly impressive results in Irish who would be flummoxed altogether if the EU told us to put our money where our mouths are and speak this expensive Erse.’
    • ‘In fact, their surnames can be very easily rendered into their Erse equivalents.’
    • ‘For many performers it was a statement of identity, allied to a desire for constitutional change and the need to maintain languages such as Welsh, Gaelic, Breton and Erse, threatened with extinction.’


Early Scots form of Irish.