- a member of an ancient people of uncertain origin who inhabited parts of northern Britain, fought against the Romans, and in the 9th century a.d. united with the Scots.
Origin of Pict
Examples from the Web for pict
And Patsy the Pict felt herself strong enough for these things.Patsy
S. R. Crockett
To which division did the Gallic of ancient Gaul, and the Pict belong?A Handbook of the English Language
Robert Gordon Latham
No wonder the Pict had fallen victim to his own sort of subtlety.
But how do you know it was not a Pict with some kind of a hook that rips instead of slicing?
A bone snapped loudly, and Balthus saw the Pict wince and falter.
- a member of any of the peoples who lived in Britain north of the Forth and Clyde in the first to the fourth centuries ad : later applied chiefly to the inhabitants of NE Scotland. Throughout Roman times the Picts carried out border raids
Word Origin and History for pict
an ancient people of Great Britain, late 14c., from Late Latin Picti (late 3c., probably a nickname given them by Roman soldiers), usually taken as derived from picti "painted," but probably ultimately from the Celtic name of the tribe, perhaps Pehta, Peihta, literally "the fighters" (cf. Gaulish Pictavi, a different people, who gave the name to the French city of Poitiers). They painted and tattooed themselves, which may have suggested a Roman folk-etymology alteration of the name. The Old English name for the people was Peohtas.
In Scottish folk-lore the Pechts are often represented as a dark pygmy race, or an underground people; and sometimes identified with elves, brownies, or fairies. [OED]
Related: Pictish; Pictland.