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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.


(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


(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.
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


[ˈkeltɪk, ˈseltɪk]
A. ADJcelta, céltico
B. N (Ling) → celta m


adjcelte, celtique
n (= language) → celtique m


n (Ling) → Keltisch nt


[ˈkɛltɪk, ˈsɛltɪk]
1. adjceltico/a
2. n (language) → celtico
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The event has become a microcosm of the festival, bringing together a rich line-up of acts both Celtic and Celtically connected on one stage under one theme in one night.
He's playing the more magical side of his hits, but also a lot of the material that is Celtically influenced and mythically influenced and poetic.
For definite certainty, many Celtically inclined fans must have had their heads in their boots depression-wise when they heard those terrible words: `A chance for Wieghorst'.