noun \ˈpikt\

Definition of PICT

:  a member of a people of the north of Scotland who are first noted in historical records in the late third century and who became amalgamated with the Scots in the mid-eighth century
Pict·ish \ˈpik-tish\ adjective or noun

Origin of PICT

Middle English Pictes, plural, Picts, from Old English Pihtas, from Late Latin Picti
First Known Use: before 12th century

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any member of an ancient people of what is now eastern and northeastern Scotland. The name (from Latin picti, “painted”) referred to their body painting or tattooing. They were probably descended from pre-Celtic peoples. They attacked Hadrian's Wall in 297 and warred constantly with the Romans. They united their two kingdoms by the 7th century and converted to Christianity, and in 843 Kenneth I, king of the Scots, included them in the kingdom of Alba, later Scotland.


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