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

Bile v., n.1 boil

DSL – a brand new look

The Dictionary of the Scots Language has been given an overhaul. It features:

  • a clear, modern design
  • more comprehensive search results
  • improved navigation

There are many more improvements in the pipeline and information about future changes will appear here.

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