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[uhl-ster] /ˈʌl stər/
a former province in Ireland, now comprising Northern Ireland and a part of the Republic of Ireland.
a province in N Republic of Ireland. 3123 sq. mi. (8090 sq. km).
Informal. Northern Ireland.
(lowercase) a long, loose, heavy overcoat, originally of Irish frieze, now also of any of various other woolen cloths.
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[uhl-stuh-rahyt] /ˈʌl stəˌraɪt/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • We cannot see what our Ulster brethren have done that they should be cast off.

    The Real Gladstone J. Ewing Ritchie
  • If you were to say to an Ulster man, "Who are the proudest people in Ireland?"

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • It would be a grave responsibility for Ulster to wreck the chance of a settlement.

  • There's no people in the earthly world talks as fine as the Ulster people.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • The authorities have orders to deal with the other leading members of the Ulster Provisional Government in the same way.

  • He loves the way you talk, the way all the Ulster people talk!

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • Orange loyalty was then licensed and let loose upon the defenceless Roman Catholic population in Ulster.

  • I suppose John Marsh was sick about the gun-running in Ulster?

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • The very pick of the manhood of the province joined the Ulster Volunteer Force, and armed and trained themselves as soldiers.

    The Irish on the Somme Michael MacDonagh
British Dictionary definitions for Ulster


a man's heavy double-breasted overcoat with a belt or half-belt at the back
Word Origin
C19: so called because it was first produced in Northern Ireland


a province and former kingdom of N Ireland: passed to the English Crown in 1461; confiscated land given to English and Scottish Protestant settlers in the 17th century, giving rise to serious long-term conflict; partitioned in 1921, six counties forming Northern Ireland and three counties joining the Republic of Ireland. Pop (three Ulster counties of the Republic of Ireland): 46 714 (2002); (six Ulster counties of Northern Ireland): 1 702 628 (2003 est). Area (Republic of Ireland): 8013 sq km (3094 sq miles); (Northern Ireland): 14 121 sq km (5452 sq miles)
an informal name for Northern Ireland
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Word Origin and History for Ulster

northernmost of the four provinces of Ireland, 14c., from Anglo-French Ulvestre (early 13c.), Anglo-Latin Ulvestera (c.1200), corresponding to Old Norse Ulfastir, probably from Irish Ulaidh "men of Ulster" + suffix also found in Leinster, Munster, and perhaps representing Irish tir "land."

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Ulster in Culture

Ulster definition

A historic division of Ireland, located in the northeastern part of the island. Six of its nine counties are in Northern Ireland. (See Republic of Ireland.)

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