Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Scottish. See Usage Note at Scottish.
  • n. The language traditionally spoken by people living in the Lowlands of Scotland. Scots is sometimes classified as a variety of English and sometimes as a separate language.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A Germanic language closely related to English and descended from northern dialects of Middle English, spoken in parts of Scotland, now especially in the central, northeastern and southern regions of the country.
  • n. Plural form of Scot.
  • adj. Scottish

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Scotch; Scotch; Scottish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Scotch; Scottish: as, Scots law; five pound Scots.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Scotland or its people or culture or its English dialect or Gaelic language
  • n. the dialect of English used in Scotland

Etymologies

Middle English scottis, variant of scottisc, Scottish, from Scotte, sing. of Scottes, Scotsmen; see Scot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Scots and Northern variant of Scottish. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Containing 400 texts, the Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech project SCOTS, aims to help instil in Scots, both native and expatriate, a pride in their national identity, as well as to try to halt the decline of the language, which unlike Gaelic receives relatively little promotion.

    languagehat.com: SCOTS.

  • "The English are our biggest minority group, but you never hear the term Scots English as you might hear Scots Italian, Scots Indian or Scots Welsh," he said.

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  • Robert Mueller, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, released a letter he had written to Mr. MacAskill in which he called the Scots minister's decision "inexplicable as it is detrimental to the cause of justice."

    Lockerbie Fallout Spreads to London

  • Amid the brouhaha of raised voices I didn't dare speak up — in Scots-accented French — to suggest more sedentary but perhaps more efficacious means, such as a lawyer's letter.

    It's Lights, Camera, Strike in France

  • It's called "Johnnie Lad" and she delivered it in Scots dialect to the heart-catching original strathspey tempo.

    Great Scots

  • The frustrating part for the Scots is that the Czechs, while occasionally slick in attack, appeared glaringly vulnerable in defence.

    Strikerless Scotland's negative approach is punished by Czechs

  • Think of it this way: a good copy-editor working on a novel written in Scots dialect can apply prescriptivism and correct it into Standard English.

    More on Critique

  • Apparently a lot of Scots from the Isle of Arran came to New Brunswick.

    Everybody out of the gene pool : Bev Vincent

  • The site, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, contains more than 4m words in Scots and Scottish English.

    August 2007

  • Resentment exists and is building at the huge sums of public money which is transferred to Scotland under the so-called Barnett Formula, a state of affairs which results in Scots being able to afford such luxuries as free University education for its residents and for EU Citizens, but not for English residents, prescription drugs unavailable in England on the NHS and so on.

    Flemish Musings

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