from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A subfamily of the Indo-European language family comprising the Insular and the Continental branches.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Celtic people and languages.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A branch of the Indo-European languages that was spread widely over western and central Europe in the pre-Christian era.
  • proper n. Any one of several sports teams. See Wikipedia for a list.
  • adj. Of the Celts; Of the style of the Celts

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Celts.
  • n. The language of the Celts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the Celts, or to their language: as, Celtic tribes; Celtic tongues; Celtic customs; of Celtic origin.
  • n. The language or group of dialects spoken by the Celts, including Welsh, Armoric or Breton, Irish, Gaelic, and Manx.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or characteristic of the Celts
  • n. a branch of the Indo-European languages that (judging from inscriptions and place names) was spread widely over Europe in the pre-Christian era


French celtique or Latin celticus. English since the 17th century. (Wiktionary)



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