One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Irish people collectively; the Irish nation; specifically the native, Catholic Irish as opposed to Protestant settlers from England and Scotland. Usually treated as plural.
2Irish character or identity; Irishness. Now chiefly with the implication of a stereotypical or sentimentalized view of Irish life and culture.
3Something typically Irish; an Irish trait, custom, etc.
Late 15th century; earliest use found in John Hardyng (?1378–?1464), chronicler and forger. From Irish + -ry. Compare Anglo-Norman Irecherie area of linguistically and culturally Irish settlement.
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