or Kym·ry

noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. the Welsh, or the branch of the Celtic people to which the Welsh belong, comprising also the Cornish people and the Bretons.

Origin of Cymry

< Welsh Cymry Welshmen, plural of Cymro < British Celtic *combrogos, presumably “fellow countryman,” equivalent to *com- (cognate with Latin com- com-) + *-brogos, derivative of *brogā > Welsh, Cornish, Breton bro country, district; compare Allobrogēs a Gaulish tribe, Old Irish mruig piece of inhabited or cultivated land Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cymry

Historical Examples of cymry

  • The place chosen for the fortified city of the Cymry was among the mountains.

    Welsh Fairy Tales

    William Elliott Griffis

  • Now, to the Cymry and to the pure Kelt, the past is at their elbows continually.

  • We shall have to confine our attention therefore to the heroic poetry of the Cymry.

    The Heroic Age

    H. Munro Chadwick

  • We now proceed to give some account of the literature of the Cymry.

  • How had the star of this daughter of Gomer waxed, while the star of these Cymry, his sons, had waned!

    Celtic Literature

    Matthew Arnold

British Dictionary definitions for cymry



noun the Cymry (functioning as plural)
  1. the Brythonic branch of the Celtic people, comprising the present-day Welsh, Cornish, and BretonsSee Brythonic
  2. the Welsh people

Word Origin for Cymry

Welsh: the Welsh
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