or Kelt·ic

[ 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

Celt·i·cal·ly, adverbnon-Celt·ic, adjectivepre-Celt·ic, adjective
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/ (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 or Keltically, adverbCelticism (ˈkɛltɪˌsɪzəm, ˈsɛl-) or Kelticism, nounCelticist, Celtist, Kelticist or Keltist, noun
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