Welcome

Welcome to DSL, which brings together the two major historical dictionaries of the Scots language:

  • A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST)
    Older Scots - 12th century - 1700
  • The Scottish National Dictionary (SND)
    Modern Scots - 1700 - 2005

Their 22 volumes provide a comprehensive history of Scots, making DSL an essential research tool for anyone interested in the history and development of the language.

Word of the Day

Omnigad(d)rum n. a miscellany

June 2015 updates

We have added the following enhancements - see Advanced Search help text for more detail.

  • Boolean search – use ‘AND’, ‘OR’, or ‘NOT’ or a combination of these, to search for more than one specific word or phrase, or exclude them from your search
  • Layout of ‘full text’ search results improved
  • Predictive search in Advanced headword searches
  • Wildcard characters in ‘full text’ searches as well as headword searches

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