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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.
- Rhymes: -ɛlt
- A member of one of the ancient peoples of Western Europe called Celtae by the Romans.
- A member of one of the (modern, Celtic) peoples who speak Celtic languages. (Compare Gael.)
Celt m pers