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Pict

[ pikt ]

noun

  1. 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.


Pict

/ pɪkt /

noun

  1. 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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Pict1

before 900; back formation from Middle English Pictes (plural) < Latin Pictī literally, painted ones, plural of pictus, past participle of pingere to paint; replacing Middle English Peghttes, Old English Peohtas, Pihtas Latin, as above
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Word History and Origins

Origin of Pict1

Old English Peohtas; later forms from Late Latin Pictī painted men, from pingere to paint
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Example Sentences

The woman Pict is entirely naked, and is tattooed and painted with stars, rays, and various similar devices.

Thence, in the above synodical canons, they are called gill pict, painted little leaves.

About the year 1853, there was discovered in Aberdeenshire a Pict's house, in the parish of Tarland.

But the Pict only laughed and answered, "Now I will not tell, because there is nothing more you can do to hurt me."

We could no more match them than a fighting-man in good training could stand up to one of the old Pict giants.

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