Definitions

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

  • n. A Celtic custom.
  • n. A Celtic idiom.
  • n. A fondness for Celtic culture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Celtic custom or idiom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A custom of the Celts, or an idiom of their language.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The manners and customs of the Celts.
  • n. A Celtic idiom or mode of expression. Also Celtism, Keltism.

Etymologies

Celtic +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I am the last to disclaim the influence of what is sometimes called "Celticism" upon English literature; upon this point I am certain that Matthew Arnold has said almost the last word.

    Immortal Memories

  • Right here: regardless of his claims of Celticism, he must in fact be Latvian, since his reflexes so perfectly mirror those of these obscure Balkananianses: they called the SWAT team.

    panic in Latvia!!! « raincoaster

  • And some of those who cling to their vernacular as a proof of their Celticism may be making a great mistake; speech is never a proof of race, and survivals of other blood than Celtic adopted dialects of the Celtic speech.

    The Cornwall Coast

  • Partly because of bathing and boating, and partly because Gideon, the organiser of the party, wanted to find out if there was much Potterism in Cornwall, or if Celticism had withstood it.

    Potterism A Tragi-Farcical Tract

  • It is its characteristic that it constantly girds a man—or a poet—and carries him whither he would not The fourth Aeneid is the triumph of an unconscionable Celticism over the whole moral plan of Vergil’s epic.

    Introduction

  • This being the true and strange glory of Ireland, it is impossible to hear without impatience of the attempt so constantly made among her modern sympathizers to talk about Celts and Celticism.

    Heretics

  • We are in the very heart of Welsh nationality, which was always a respectable thing -- far more so than the Celticism of the Gaels and Irish.

    The Life of Froude

  • Still more recently, the revival of Welsh national sentiment has inspired a hope, which has become a belief, that the Roman conquest was an episode, after which an unaltered Celticism resumed its interrupted supremacy.

    The Romanization of Roman Britain

  • If they did not know what conclusion to arrive at as to earthenware and as to Celticism, it was because they were ignorant of history, especially the history of France.

    Bouvard and Pécuchet A Tragi-comic Novel of Bourgeois Life

  • The possession of such a rare piece of furniture bound them the closer to the Celticism of Normandy.

    Bouvard and Pécuchet A Tragi-comic Novel of Bourgeois Life

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