or Kelt·ic

[kel-tik, sel- or kel-tik]


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 formsCelt·i·cal·ly, adverbnon-Celt·ic, adjectivepre-Celt·ic, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of celtic

  • The couple will visit Pictou County for an event to celebrate Celtic heritage in Nova Scotia.

  • FitzPatrick was once one of the heroes of Celtic Tiger Ireland.

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    The Men Who Killed the Economy

    Niall Stanage

    November 19, 2010

  • The bleak, snowy hills of Scotland are the setting for a slicey, dicey Roman invasion against the dashing, plucky Celtic tribes.

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    Neil Marshall's Action Plan

    Choire Sicha

    August 27, 2010

  • The last one is a wink from Doyle acknowledging his own impact on the culture of the Celtic Tiger.

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    Great Irish Adventures

    Allen Barra

    June 9, 2010

  • It was pretty strict, but it turned out to be an important part of the modern-day rescue of Irish and Celtic music.

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    Remembering Liam Clancy

    Daniel Menaker

    December 10, 2009

Historical Examples of celtic

British Dictionary definitions for celtic




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 FormsCeltically or Keltically, adverbCelticism (ˈkɛltɪˌsɪzəm, ˈsɛl-) or Kelticism, nounCelticist, Celtist, Kelticist or Keltist, noun
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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).

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