: 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
Pictish adjective or noun

Examples of Pict in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At a table nearby, April Thomas, 20, from Independence, leader of the early Picts, was defeating Gavin Blanchard’s Caledonians. Eric Adler, Kansas City Star, 25 Jan. 2024 However, by the 10th century, through war, colonization, and the merging of the Scots, the Picts seem to have vanished forever. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 24 May 2023

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Word History


Middle English Pictes, plural, Picts, from Old English Pihtas, from Late Latin Picti

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Pict was before the 12th century

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“Pict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pict. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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