Definition of Ireland in English:


proper noun

  • 1An island in the British Isles that lies west of Great Britain. Approximately four fifths of the area of Ireland constitutes the Republic of Ireland, with the remaining one fifth belonging to Northern Ireland. After an unsuccessful rebellion in 1798, union of Britain and Ireland followed in 1801. Ireland was divided into two self-governing areas after World War I. For later history see Ireland, Republic of and Northern Ireland.

    eire, the republic of ireland, the irish republic, southern ireland
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  • 2The Republic of Ireland (see Ireland, Republic of)