Definition of Scots in US English:



  • ‘a Scots accent’
    another term for Scottish
    • ‘The only slight cloud on the horizon for retailers is emerging evidence that Scots consumers have delayed their Christmas gift-buying.’
    • ‘But the most depressing aspect of the matter is the way various politicians of all parties have seized upon the outcome as a vindication of Scots law.’
    • ‘Over the next fortnight Scots football supporters are set to raise the political stakes in their pursuit of greater representation at their clubs.’
    • ‘The speed with which the parliament was not merely established but also assimilated into everyday Scots life is a testament to the acuity of his observation.’
    • ‘She has been campaigning for a sectarian element to be incorporated into Scots law since she set up the organisation almost two years ago.’
    • ‘The first minister began a four-day visit to the Olympic games in Athens yesterday to cheer on Scots athletes.’
    • ‘What is particularly interesting to me in this article is that many of the residents suffering CFS are of Scots heritage.’
    • ‘New York City is just one area of a huge country and is not known for a concentration of Scots descendants who might be predisposed to travel back to the home of their ancestors.’
    • ‘Thousands of Scots homeowners face massive council tax hikes under Labour plans to introduce higher rates for the most valuable properties.’
    • ‘He is keen to recruit Scots businessmen and women working overseas to return to the country and help foster that entrepreneurial spirit.’
    • ‘The former tycoon remains the mould for any young Scots entrepreneur wanting to hoist themselves up by the bootstraps.’
    • ‘He is urging Scots businesses to come forward and help fund the organisation's Anastasis hospital ship when it comes to Dundee later this year.’
    • ‘I spent a few minutes in the abbey museum, admiring high-relief tomb carvings of bygone Scots kings and chieftains in full battle gear.’
    • ‘He suggests it would be easier for Scots actresses to get more roles in international films if there were more opportunities for them in British films.’
    • ‘He joins a chorus of leading figures and academics from the world of Scots art and culture who are concerned about the plight of Burns' birthplace.’
    • ‘Last week's debate on the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into Scots law may turn out to be a kind of constitutional landmark.’
    • ‘So as Scots pupils prepare to collect their exam results, they may wish to consider what experiences they might like to collect over the next year.’
    • ‘Only half of English parents now support the comprehensive system, whereas almost two-thirds of Scots parents still do.’
    • ‘Yesterday, a leading expert on Scots law said there had been no other case of anyone standing trial accused of the crime since the 19th century.’
    • ‘The one constant in Scots history is lack of funds.’


  • The form of English used in Scotland.

    • ‘The novel's most amusing aspect is an introduction championing the use of Scots - written in standard English.’
    • ‘Now the Old Testament is to be translated into Scots to give the story of the creation, Noah's ark and the Ten Commandments a Scottish accent.’
    • ‘This is a translation of the old Scots that the Bishop of Orkney actually wrote.’
    • ‘As well as Gaelic, Scots and English, he wrote poems in French, Italian and Norwegian.’
    • ‘She returned and wanted to spread the word - but something happened in the translation to Scots.’
    • ‘By and large, spoken and written Scots are difficult for non-speakers, and require an investment of effort.’
    • ‘Displaying a hitherto hidden facility for languages, he welcomes delegates in three - English, Gaelic and Scots.’
    • ‘Scotland has never been a monoglot country, but has had at least three languages, of which Scots is one and Gaelic another.’
    • ‘And I can't help feeling that deliberately writing something in Scots is just wrong.’
    • ‘There are rich poetry and prose traditions in Gaelic, Scots, and Scots-inflected English.’
    • ‘In some of his songs, most notably in ‘The Cotter's Saturday Night ’, English and Scots are both used.’
    • ‘Kay presents overwhelming evidence of the distinctive vocabulary, syntax and grammar of Scots.’
    • ‘It is the first full-length novel, we are told, to be expressed in what Fitt and far too many others claim is Scots, and a language and not merely a dialect.’
    • ‘An estimated 1.5m of the nation's 5m people speak Scots, which some say is no more than English with a broad accent.’
    • ‘Generally, however, Scots was displaced in all types of writing by English and even the traces of it all but disappeared by century's end.’


On the use of Scots, Scot, Scottish, and Scotch, see Scottish