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[er-in] /ˈɛr ɪn/
Literary. Ireland.
a female given name. Unabridged
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  • At last he said to his wife: "I wish I could be in Erin to-day to see my father and his men."

  • We had a green flag with a rising sun on it, along with the harp of Erin.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • From the palace to the cottage, said Mr. Erin in his enthusiasm, though probably it only reached the cottage orn.

  • Dear Erin cried out to her for the help which such a union would bring.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • His song "Erin" was considered by Moore to be one of the most perfect of modern songs.

    The Glories of Ireland Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox
British Dictionary definitions for Erin


/ˈɪərɪn; ˈɛərɪn/
an archaic or poetic name for Ireland
Word Origin
from Irish Gaelic Éirinn, dative of Ériu Ireland
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Word Origin and History for Erin

ancient name of Ireland, from Old English Erinn, dative of Eriu "Ireland" (see Irish). As a girl's name in U.S., rare before 1954, popular 1976-1985.

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