Pronunciation: (ī'rish), [key]
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Ireland, its inhabitants, or their language.
1. the inhabitants of Ireland and their descendants elsewhere.
2. the aboriginal Celtic-speaking people of Ireland.
3. Also called Irish Gaelic. the Celtic language of Ireland in its historical or modern form. Abbr.: Ir, Ir. Cf. Middle Irish, Old Irish.
4. See Irish English.
5. See Irish whiskey.
6. get one's Irish up, Informal.to become angry or outraged: Don't go getting your Irish up over a little matter like that.
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