[ shel-tuh ]
/ ˈʃɛl tə /
a private language, based in part on Irish, used among Travelers in the British Isles.
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Origin of Shelta
First recorded in 1875–80; origin uncertain
Words nearby Shelta
, shell steak
, shell suit
, shelter belt
, shelter deck
, sheltered housing
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How to use Shelta in a sentence
Shelta is perhaps the last Old British dialect as yet existing which has thus far remained undiscovered.
This language, or jargon, known as Shelta, has been the subject of much learned writing.
Our informant could give only a single specimen of the Shelta literature.
Me tu sosti, “Thou shalt be (of) me,” is Romany, which is freely used in Shelta.
British Dictionary definitions for Shelta
a secret language used by some itinerant tinkers in Ireland and parts of Britain, based on systematically altered Gaelic
Word Origin for Shelta
C19: from earlier sheldrū, perhaps an arbitrary alteration of Old Irish bēlre speech
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