Definition of Erse in US English:



  • The Scottish or Irish Gaelic language.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Celtic languages, Erse, Gaelic, Manx, and Welsh, continue to be spoken in Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, and Wales.’
    • ‘In Ireland it is generally known as IRISH, and formerly in Scotland was referred to as both Erse and Irish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I search all the time for blogs in the fair Erse tongue, but as yet I haven't come across any.’


Early Scots form of Irish.