What does Irish mean?

Definitions for Irish
ˈaɪ rɪʃirish

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Irish.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Irish, Irish peoplenoun

    people of Ireland or of Irish extraction

  2. Irish, Irish whiskey, Irish whiskynoun

    whiskey made in Ireland chiefly from barley

  3. Irish, Irish Gaelicadjective

    the Celtic language of Ireland

  4. Irishadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of Ireland or its people


  1. Irishn. sing. & pl.

    The language of the Irish; also called Irish Gaelic or the Hiberno-Celtic.


  1. Irishnoun

    The Irish people.

  2. Irishnoun

    A board game of the tables family.

  3. Irishnoun

    Temper; anger, passion.

  4. Irishnoun

    whiskey, or whisky, elaborated in Ireland.

  5. Irishadjective

    Pertaining to or originating from Ireland or the Irish people.

    Sheep are typical in the Irish landscape.

  6. Irishadjective

    Pertaining to the Irish language.

  7. Irishadjective

    (Derogatory) Nonsensical, daft or complex.

    "A number of derogatory nicknames began to emerge, including "Irish confetti" for thrown bricks, and "Irish kiss" for a slap" (Wisegeek.com)

  8. Irishnoun

    The Goidelic language indigenous to Ireland, also known as Irish Gaelic.

    Irish is the first official and national language of Ireland

  9. Etymology: Irisce (12th c.), from Īras, from írar, from Ériu (mod. Éire), from Īwerjū 'fat land, fertile'; akin to, '.


  1. irish

    Irish typically refers to anything that relates to Ireland, its people, culture, language, traditions, or history. This term can denote the Irish people as an ethnic group or nationality, the native Gaelic language of Ireland, or other cultural elements like Irish music, literature, sports, etc. The term 'Irish' is also used to denote Ireland as a geographical location or in context indicating one's origin, citizenship, or association with Ireland.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Irishadjective

    of or pertaining to Ireland or to its inhabitants; produced in Ireland

  2. Irish

    the natives or inhabitants of Ireland, esp. the Celtic natives or their descendants

  3. Irish

    the language of the Irish; the Hiberno-Celtic

  4. Irish

    an old game resembling backgammon

  5. Etymology: [AS. risc, fr. ras the Irish. Cf. Aryan, Erse.]


  1. Irish

    Irish, also known as Irish Gaelic or Gaelic, is a Goidelic language of the Indo-European language family, originating in Ireland and historically spoken by the Irish people. Irish is currently spoken as a first language by a small minority of Irish people, as well as being a second language for a rather larger group. Irish enjoys constitutional status as the national and first official language of the Republic of Ireland. It is an official language of the European Union and an officially recognised minority language in Northern Ireland. Irish was the predominant language of the Irish people for most of their recorded history, and they brought it with them to other countries, notably Scotland and the Isle of Man, where it gave rise to Scottish Gaelic and Manx. It has the oldest vernacular literature in Western Europe. The fate of the language was influenced by the increasing power of the British state in Ireland. Elizabethan officials viewed the use of Irish unfavourably, as being a threat to all things English in Ireland. Its decline began under English rule in the seventeenth century. The latter part of the nineteenth century saw a dramatic decrease in the number of speakers, beginning after the Great Famine of 1845–1852. Irish-speaking areas were hit especially hard. By the end of British rule, the language was spoken by less than 15% of the national population. Since then, Irish speakers have been in the minority except in areas collectively known as the Gaeltacht. Ongoing efforts have been made to preserve, promote and revive the language by both the state and independent individuals and organisations, but with mixed results.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Irish

    ī′rish, adj. relating to or produced in Ireland.—n. language of the Irish, a form of Celtic: (pl.) the natives or inhabitants of Ireland.—ns. I′ricism, I′rishism, a phrase or idiom peculiar to the Irish.—n.pl. I′rishry, the people of Ireland.—Irish moss, carrageen; Irish stew, a palatable dish of mutton, onions, and potatoes, seasoned, and stewed in water mixed with flour.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. IRISH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Irish is ranked #4813 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Irish surname appeared 7,336 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Irish.

    88.6% or 6,506 total occurrences were White.
    5.2% or 384 total occurrences were Black.
    2.8% or 211 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 151 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 51 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 33 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Irish' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1738

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Irish' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2891

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Irish' in Adjectives Frequency: #229

Anagrams for Irish »

  1. rishi

  2. sirih

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Irish in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Irish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Irish in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Dromm:

    The issue has never been about having a gay group in the parade, it has always been about having an Irish gay group in the parade. For the parade organizers to try to pull this trickery by allowing an organization called OUT@NBC to march in the parade is not a solution.

  2. Simon Coveney:

    I think anything is possible now but I think Britain needs to be careful because I think from an EU perspective, not an Irish perspective, that patience has run out. The EU wants to get on with many, many other challenging political questions.

  3. Joanna Jordan:

    It's so divisive, people aren't talking about it, and Irish people love to talk!

  4. Denis Coderre:

    I have a Irish blood so I'm a fighter and a lover

  5. Central Bank:

    Despite the downturn in global trade, Irish exports are projected to have grown by over 4% last year, with this resilience reflecting the strong growth of exports of pharmaceuticals, computer services and business services, as a result, GDP is now estimated to have grown by 2.5 per cent in 2020.

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