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

Afore adv., prep., conj. in front, previously

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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