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Ireland

[ahyuh r-luh nd] /ˈaɪər lənd/
noun
1.
John, 1838–1918, U.S. Roman Catholic clergyman and social reformer, born in Ireland: archbishop of St. Paul, Minn., 1888–1918.
2.
Also called Emerald Isle. Latin Hibernia. a large western island of the British Isles, comprising Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 32,375 sq. mi. (83,850 sq. km).
3.
Republic of. Formerly Irish Free State (1922–37)none Eire (1937–49)a republic occupying most of the island of Ireland. 27,137 sq. mi. (70,285 sq. km).
Capital: Dublin.
Irish Eire.
4.
Heraldry. a coat of arms blazoned as follows: Azure, a harp or stringed argent.
Related forms
Irelander, noun
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Examples from the web for Ireland
  • The slang is only regularly still in use in northern Ireland.
  • The treaty also contained provision for religious tolerance in Ireland.
  • Lynch was mostly successful in confining the violence to northern Ireland.
  • For example, the costa book awards are awarded to authors resident in the uk or Ireland.
  • She used her magical powers to destroy all the fruit of Ireland.
  • It is probably the biggest selling regional newspaper in Ireland.
  • After completing his schooling, lee reported for duty with his regiment in Ireland.
  • Seafood chowder is a traditional and popular dish in Ireland.
  • This makes the drainage area larger than the republic of Ireland.
British Dictionary definitions for Ireland

Ireland1

/ˈaɪələnd/
noun
1.
an island off NW Europe: part of the British Isles, separated from Britain by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George's Channel; contains large areas of peat bog, with mountains that rise over 900 m (3000 ft) in the southwest and several large lakes. It was conquered by England in the 16th and early 17th centuries and ruled as a dependency until 1801, when it was united with Great Britain until its division in 1921 into the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland Latin name Hibernia
2.
Republic of Ireland, Irish Republic, Southern Ireland, a republic in NW Europe occupying most of Ireland: established as the Irish Free State (a British dominion) in 1921 and declared a republic in 1949; joined the European Community (now the European Union) in 1973. Official languages: Irish (Gaelic) and English. Currency: euro. Capital: Dublin. Pop: 4 775 982 (2013 est). Area: 70 285 sq km (27 137 sq miles)
See also Northern Ireland
Gaelic name Eire

Ireland2

/ˈaɪələnd/
noun
1.
John (Nicholson). 1879–1962, English composer, esp of songs
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Word Origin and History for Ireland

12c., Anglo-Norman, with land + native Eriu (see Irish).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Ireland in Culture

Ireland definition


Island in the Atlantic Ocean separated from Great Britain by the Irish Sea. It is divided into Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Note: It is called the “Emerald Isle” because of its lush green countryside.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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