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 (kĕl′tĭk, sĕl′-) also Kelt·ic (kĕl′-)
A subfamily of the Indo-European language family comprising the Insular and the Continental branches.
Of or relating to the Celts or their languages.
Usage Note: Although many people pronounce this word with an initial (s) sound, an initial (k) sound is standard in historical, linguistic, and sociological contexts. Interestingly, the introduction of the (k) sound is a linguistic change started by scholars, contravening the historical development of the word. The c was probably pronounced (s), as is usual before e, when the word entered English from French and Latin in the 1600s. The later pronunciation with (k) imitates that of the original Latin word Celtae, a name for the Gauls, the ancient Celtic tribes of France. The (s) pronunciation has no doubt been reinforced by the success and popularity of Boston's professional basketball team, the Celtics, a name that is sometimes shortened to the Celts. Both are always pronounced with the (s) sound.
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(ˈkɛltɪk; ˈsɛl-) or


(Languages) a branch of the Indo-European family of languages that includes Gaelic, Welsh, and Breton, still spoken in parts of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Brittany. Modern Celtic is divided into the Brythonic (southern) and Goidelic (northern) groups
1. (Peoples) of, relating to, or characteristic of the Celts or the Celtic languages
2. (Languages) of, relating to, or characteristic of the Celts or the Celtic languages
ˈCeltically, ˈKeltically adv
Celticism, ˈKeltiˌcism n
ˈCelticist, ˈCeltist, ˈKelticist, ˈKeltist n
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(ˈkɛl tɪk, ˈsɛl-)

also Keltic

1. a family of languages, a branch of the Indo-European family, spoken by the Celts and including the modern languages Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, and Breton.
2. of or pertaining to the Celts or their languages.
[1600–10; < Latin]
Celt′i•cal•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Celtic - a branch of the Indo-European languages that (judging from inscriptions and place names) was spread widely over Europe in the pre-Christian era
Indo-European language, Indo-Hittite, Indo-European - the family of languages that by 1000 BC were spoken throughout Europe and in parts of southwestern and southern Asia
Erse, Gaelic, Goidelic - any of several related languages of the Celts in Ireland and Scotland
Brittanic, Brythonic - a southern group of Celtic languages
Adj.1.Celtic - relating to or characteristic of the Celts
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[ˈkeltɪk, ˈseltɪk]
A. ADJcelta, céltico
B. N (Ling) → celta m
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adjcelte, celtique
n (= language) → celtique m
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n (Ling) → Keltisch nt
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[ˈkɛltɪk, ˈsɛltɪk]
1. adjceltico/a
2. n (language) → celtico
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References in classic literature ?
It is in stories like these that we find the keen sense of what is beautiful in nature, the sense of "man's brotherhood with bird and beast, star and flower," which has become the mark of "Celtic" literature.
The earliest one of these peoples which need here be mentioned belonged to the Celtic family and was itself divided into two branches.
The Celtic blood was up, and the Celtic faction spirit ran high.
Formerly a temple of the Celtic divinities, when Belle-Isle was still called Kalonese, this grotto had beheld more than one human sacrifice accomplished in its mystic depths.
Hegan had Celtic imagination and daring, and to such degree that Daylight's cooler head was necessary as a check on his wilder visions.
In his tall stalwartness Adam Bede was a Saxon, and justified his name; but the jet-black hair, made the more noticeable by its contrast with the light paper cap, and the keen glance of the dark eyes that shone from under strongly marked, prominent and mobile eyebrows, indicated a mixture of Celtic blood.
"A glance at our friend here reveals the rounded head of the Celt, which carries inside it the Celtic enthusiasm and power of attachment.
He has all the Celtic power of quick intuition, but he is deficient in the wide range of exact knowledge which is essential to the higher developments of his art.
These were the prime in order and in might; The rest were long to tell, though far renown'd, Th' IONIAN Gods, of JAVANS Issue held Gods, yet confest later then Heav'n and Earth Thir boasted Parents; TITAN Heav'ns first born With his enormous brood, and birthright seis'd By younger SATURN, he from mightier JOVE His own and RHEA'S Son like measure found; So JOVE usurping reign'd: these first in CREET And IDA known, thence on the Snowy top Of cold OLYMPUS rul'd the middle Air Thir highest Heav'n; or on the DELPHIAN Cliff, Or in DODONA, and through all the bounds Of DORIC Land; or who with SATURN old Fled over ADRIA to th' HESPERIAN Fields, And ore the CELTIC roam'd the utmost Isles.
The Celtic dolmen and cromlech, the Etruscan tumulus, the Hebrew galgal, are words.
"An' how is it ye can get men to do anything on God's earth an' sea?" Louis demanded with Celtic fire.
"What smouldering fire of vengeance had suddenly sprung into flame in this passionate Celtic woman's soul when she saw the man who had wronged her--wronged her, perhaps, far more than we suspected--in her power?