- Rhymes: -ɛlt
From Ancient Greek Kελτοί (Keltoi), via Latin Celtæ (singular Celta) and French Celtes. English Celts from the 17th century. Until the mid 19th century, IPA(key): /sɛlt/ is the only recorded pronunciation. A consciously archaizing pronunciation IPA(key): /kɛlt/ is advocated in Irish and Welsh nationalism beginning in the 1850s.
Celt (plural Celts) (mostly plural)
- the ancient peoples of Western Europe, called by the Romans Celtæ
- the modern speakers of Celtic languages