Definition of Celtic

1. Noun. A branch of the Indo-European languages that (judging from inscriptions and place names) was spread widely over Europe in the pre-Christian era.

Exact synonyms: Celtic Language
Generic synonyms: Indo-european, Indo-european Language, Indo-hittite
Specialized synonyms: Erse, Gaelic, Goidelic, Brittanic, Brythonic

2. Adjective. Relating to or characteristic of the Celts.
Exact synonyms: Gaelic
Partainyms: Celt, Celt
Derivative terms: Celt, Gael, Gaelic

Definition of Celtic

1. a. Of or pertaining to the Celts; as, Celtic people, tribes, literature, tongue.

2. n. The language of the Celts.

Definition of Celtic

1. Proper noun. A branch of the Indo-European languages that was spread widely over western and central Europe in the pre-Christian era. ¹

2. Proper noun. Any one of several sports teams. See Wikipedia for a list. ¹

3. Adjective. Of the Celts; Of the style of the Celts ¹

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Celtic Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Celtic

Celosia argentea
Celosia argentea cristata
Celosia cristata
Celsius scale
Celsus' area
Celsus' papules
Celsus' vitiligo
Celsus kerion
Celtic Sea
Celtic cross
Celtic deity
Celtic language
Celtis australis
Celtis laevigata
Celtis occidentalis

Literary usage of Celtic

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Growth of the Manor by Paul Vinogradoff (1905)
"CHAPTER I. celtic TRIBAL ARRANGEMENTS. I. KINSHIP. THE most ancient society on British soil about which we can form a more or less definite notion is celtic ..."

2. The Gentleman's Magazine (1824)
"The Sanscrit is unquestionably a more complet. language, in point of grammatical formation and construction, than the celtic, the most difficult to ..."

3. Publications by English Dialect Society (1874)
"D 1, 2, and 3 form the celtic Southern group, and consist of the outlying forms in "Wx. ... western celtic Southern. The baronies of Forth to the e. and ..."

4. The Rise of the Dutch Republic: A History by John Lothrop Motley (1868)
"The record does not reach beyond Caesar's epoch, and he found the territory on the left of the Rhine mainly tenanted by tribes of the celtic family. ..."

5. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Edward Cornelius Towne (1897)
"Hence this dominant individuality, this hate of the foreign element, which even to our day has been the distinguishing trait of the celtic races. ..."

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