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1Ulster Scots and their descendants considered collectively.
2Celtic History. The Irish Scots considered collectively.
1Of or belonging to the Ulster Scots; descended from the Ulster Scots but living elsewhere, especially in North America.
2Celtic History. Of or relating to the Irish Scots. Compare earlier Scotch-Irish. Compare also "Scots". Now rare.
Late 16th century. From Scots + Irish. With sense A. 2 compare earlier Irish Scot and slightly earlier Scottish-Irish. With sense B. 2 compare slightly earlier Scotch-Irish.
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