noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English *Īrisc, from Īras Irishmen, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish Ériu Ireland Date: 13th century 1. plural in construction natives or inhabitants of Ireland or their descendants especially when of Celtic speech or culture 2. a. the Celtic language of Ireland especially as used since the later medieval period b. English spoken by the Irish 3. Irish whiskeyIrish adjective

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