Definition of Celtic in English:

Celtic

adjective

  • Relating to the Celts or their languages, which constitute a branch of the Indo-European family and include Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Breton, Manx, Cornish, and several extinct pre-Roman languages such as Gaulish.

    • ‘Halloween is known as Samhain to pagans and was the Celtic festival of the dead.’
    • ‘Rather, it is inspired by Celtic belief in the importance of lakes and rivers as sources of power.’
    • ‘Ancient Celtic legends win out over oral traditions like these for two reasons.’
    • ‘Ireland is the only independent Celtic country and it was very important to me when I came here.’
    • ‘As for England, they are plainly a league apart, from the Celtic nations at least.’
    • ‘The Eisteddfod is an annual event in Wales which has descended from a Celtic tradition.’
    • ‘As long as ideas of a pure Britishness persist, Celtic identity will be a response to them.’
    • ‘We also meet Helen, a mother who lives in the shadow of the Celtic ground, and whose husband is in jail.’
    • ‘Some of these books and texts are translations of Celtic legends and sagas; others are retellings of the material, folklore, or literary works based on Celtic themes.’
    • ‘Provincial Roman and the subsequent Celtic enamels were produced on a bronze base.’
    • ‘Surely you must have observed the recent growth in Celtic names in recent years.’
    • ‘Maude Gonne and Yeats worked together to promote the Celtic mysteries within the order.’

noun

  • The Celtic language group.

    See also P-Celtic, Q-Celtic
    • ‘It seems likely therefore that Celtic was spoken on both sides of the Rhine during the early empire.’
    • ‘In fact, the form of old Celtic was the closest cousin to Italic, the precursor of Latin.’
    • ‘In particular, we can nowadays assume that the oldest Celtic was spoken in Central Europe and Northern Italy.’

Usage

Although Celt and Celtic can be pronounced with either an initial k- or an initial s- sound, in standard English the normal pronunciation is with the k- sound. A notable exception is the name of Boston's professional basketball team, the Celtics, which is always pronounced with the s- sound

Origin

Late 16th century: from Latin Celticus (from Celtae Celts), or from French Celtique (from Celte Breton).

Pronunciation:

Celtic

/ˈkeltik//ˈseltik/