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[kel-tik, sel- or kel-tik] /ˈkɛl tɪk, ˈsɛl- or ˈkɛl tɪk/
a branch of the Indo-European family of languages, including especially Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, and Breton, which survive now in Ireland, the Scottish Highlands, Wales, and Brittany.
of the Celts or their languages.
Origin of Celtic
1600-10; < Latin Celticus, equivalent to Celt(ae) the Celts (see Celt) + -icus -ic
Related forms
Celtically, adverb
non-Celtic, adjective
pre-Celtic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Celtic
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Historical Examples
  • He then said there had been two Celtic immigrations, an eastern and a western.

  • The Celtic melancholy of the first part of the journey had blown away like a sea-mist.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • The question which I cannot solve is, On which of the Celtic languages is this jargon based?

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • All the tests of all the Celtic festivals have been allotted to Hallowe'en.

    The Book of Hallowe'en Ruth Edna Kelley
  • In the music of the Celtic and Gaelic races, also, woman had no place.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
British Dictionary definitions for Celtic


/ˈkɛltɪk; ˈsɛl-/
a branch of the Indo-European family of languages that includes Gaelic, Welsh, and Breton, still spoken in parts of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Brittany. Modern Celtic is divided into the Brythonic (southern) and Goidelic (northern) groups
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Celts or the Celtic languages
Derived Forms
Celtically, Keltically, adverb
Celticism (ˈkɛltɪˌsɪzəm; ˈsɛl-), Kelticism, noun
Celticist, Celtist, Kelticist, Keltist, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Celtic

also Keltic, 1650s, of archaeology or history, from French Celtique or Latin Celticus "pertaining to the Celts" (see Celt). In reference to languages, from 1707; of other qualities, 19c. The Boston basketball team was founded 1946. Celtic twilight is from Yeats's name for his collection of adapted Irish folk tales (1893).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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