Definitions

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

  • n. An ancient Celtic language of northeast Italy and southern Switzerland, perhaps a dialect of Gaulish, known from inscriptions dated from the third century B.C.

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  • proper n. A extinct language spoken in Europe until 100BC, usually considered to be a member of the Celtic family.

Etymologies

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

From Latin Lēpontiī, a people of Cisalpine Gaul.

Examples

  • The Continental evidence is usually divided into Gaulish, attested in inscriptions in both southern and central France, Lepontic, which is known from northern Italy in the vicinity of Lake Maggiore, and Ibero-Celtic or Hispano-Celtic in the north-western two-thirds of the Iberian peninsula. "

    The Brussels Journal - The Voice of Conservatism in Europe

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