noun (1)
\ ˈselt How to pronounce celt (audio) \

Definition of celt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a prehistoric stone or metal implement shaped like a chisel or ax head


noun (2)
\ ˈkelt How to pronounce Celt (audio) , ˈselt How to pronounce Celt (audio) \

Definition of Celt (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a member of a division of the early Indo-European peoples distributed from the British Isles and Spain to Asia Minor
2 : a modern Gael, Highland Scot, Irishman, Welshman, Cornishman, or Breton

Examples of celt in a Sentence

Noun (2) The Celts defended their lands against the Romans.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Either of those moves would elevate the Celts and give them another shot at a title. Charles Curtis, USA TODAY, "The Celtics should absolutely trade the No. 1 pick," 17 May 2017 Celts also began the Halloween tradition of wearing costumes, according to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Brian Handwerk, National Geographic, "Everything You Need to Know About Halloween 2016," 28 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of celt

Noun (1)

1748, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for celt

Noun (1)

Late Latin celtis chisel

Noun (2)

Latin Celtae, plural, from Greek Keltoi

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“Celt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celt. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of Celt

: a member of a group of people (such as the Irish or Welsh) who lived in ancient Britain and parts of western Europe
: a person whose ancestors were Celts

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