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See also: celt, CELT, célt, and ceļt


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From Latin Celtae (singular Celta) from Ancient Greek Κελτοί (Keltoí).

English Celts is from the 17th century. Until the mid 19th century, /sɛlt/ is the only recorded pronunciation. A consciously archaizing pronunciation /kɛlt/ was advocated during Irish and Welsh nationalism beginning in the 1850s.


English Wikipedia has an article on:
  • IPA(key): /kɛlt/, /sɛlt/
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Rhymes: -ɛlt


Celt (plural Celts)

  1. (historical) A member of one of the ancient peoples of Western Europe called Celtae by the Romans.
    Synonym: (plural) Keltoi
  2. A member of any of the (modern, Celtic) peoples who speak Celtic languages.
    Coordinate term: Gael

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Celt (comparative more Celt, superlative most Celt)

  1. Synonym of Celtic.
    • 1972 spring–summer, John Tripp, “Anglo-Welsh Testimony”, in Transatlantic Review, number 42/43, →ISSN, page 89:
      In the thick of parties we become very Celt, disgusting the dull.
    • 2006, Stephanie Laurens, What Price Love?, London: Piatkus, Little, Brown Book Group, published 2011, →ISBN, page 5:
      Like Pris, he took after their mother, more Celt than English, wild and dramatic and mercurially alive.
    • 2009, M. K. Hume, King Arthur: Dragon’s Child, London: Headline Review, →ISBN, page 340:
      But his bitch queen was Saxon to the bone and her legacy showed in the sons that Vortigern bred off her. Katigern Minor might be young, but he has become what his grandfather never was – more Saxon than Celt.
    • 2010, Delle Jacobs, Loki’s Daughters, Las Vegas, Nev.: Montlake Romance, →ISBN, page 159:
      She answered with a smile and a nod. The woman was more Celt than Arienh had thought, and had clearly been deprived of women too long.



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Celt m pers (female equivalent Celtyjka)

  1. Celt


Further reading[edit]

  • Celt in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • Celt in Polish dictionaries at PWN


Alternative forms[edit]


From Latin Celta.


Celt m (plural Celtiaid, feminine Celtes)

  1. Celt (member of ancient people)
  2. Celt (person of Celtic ancestry)

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Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
Celt Gelt Nghelt Chelt
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “Celt”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies