[ selt ]
/ sɛlt /
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an ax of stone or metal without perforations or grooves, for hafting.
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Origin of celt
1705–15; <Late Latin *celtis chisel, found only in the ablative case celte (Vulgate, Job XIX, 24)
Other definitions for celt (2 of 3)
[ kelt, selt ]
/ kɛlt, sɛlt /
a member of an Indo-European people now represented chiefly by the Irish, Gaels, Welsh, and Bretons.
Origin of Celt
1695–1705; <Latin Celtae (plural); in Greek Keltoí (plural)
Other definitions for celt (3 of 3)
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How to use celt in a sentence
Celtic ethnology and philology (see Celt) are still in the "age of discussion."
Four dialects are pretty clearly marked (see the article Celt: Language, "Breton," p. 328).
If the immediate result of the battle was a victory of Celt over Dane, the lasting effect was a triumph of anarchy over order.Is Ulster Right?|Anonymous
Celt and Greek alike were usually absorbed and lost in the masses of the people to whom they came.
But the Teuton left little impression on the alien culture, while Achæan and Celt leavened the whole mass.
British Dictionary definitions for celt (1 of 2)
/ (sɛlt) /
archaeol a stone or metal axelike instrument with a bevelled edge
Word Origin for celt
C18: from Late Latin celtes chisel, of obscure origin
British Dictionary definitions for celt (2 of 2)
/ (kɛlt, sɛlt) /
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
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