- an ax of stone or metal without perforations or grooves, for hafting.
Origin of celt
- a member of an Indo-European people now represented chiefly by the Irish, Gaels, Welsh, and Bretons.
Origin of Celt
Examples from the Web for celt
It is possible to note the difference in the character of the Celt and Teuton.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Arthur was a Celt, and may have been a fabulous Celt; but he was a fable on the right side.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
The Celt was about to turn for the high bridge at the stern, when Madden stopped him.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Through the ages he has been the idol and ideal of the Celt.
Because lust was not good enough, the Celt invented romance.The Education of Eric Lane
- archaeol a stone or metal axelike instrument with a bevelled edge
- a person who speaks a Celtic language
- a member of an Indo-European people who in pre-Roman times inhabited Britain, Gaul, Spain, and other parts of W and central Europe
Word Origin and History for celt
"stone chisel," 1715, from a Latin ghost word (apparently a misprint of certe) in Job xix:24 in Vulgate: "stylo ferreo, et plumbi lamina, vel celte sculpantur in silice;" translated, probably correctly, in KJV as, "That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever." But assumed by others to be a genuine carving tool, partly because it was in the Bible, and thereafter adapted by archaeologists as a name for a class of prehistoric implements.
also Kelt, c.1600, from Latin Celta, singular of Celtae, from Greek Keltoi, Herodotus' word for the Gauls (who also were called Galatai). Used by the Romans of continental Gauls but apparently not of the British Celtic tribes. Originally in English in reference to ancient peoples; extention to their modern descendants is from mid-19c., from French usage.