celt definition by Webster's New World
Origin: ; from Midieval Latin celtis ; from Late Latin an unverified form celtis ; from Vulgate vel celte sculpantur in silice (Job 19:24); probably ghost word (certe in other mss.) adopted as genuine by archaeologists
- a person who speaks a Celtic language or a descendant of such a person: the Bretons, Irish, Welsh, and Highland Scots are Celts
- a member of an ancient people in central and W Europe, reputedly including the Gauls and Britons
Origin: French Celte, origin, originally , Breton ; from Classical Latin Celta, plural Celtae (Gr Keltoi), the Gauls
celt definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Medieval Latin celtis, chisel.
- One of an Indo-European people originally of central Europe and spreading to western Europe, the British Isles, and southeast to Galatia during pre-Roman times, especially a Briton or Gaul.
- A native speaker of a modern Celtic language or a descendant of such a speaker, especially a modern Gael, Welsh person, Cornish person, or Breton.
Origin: French Celte, sing. of Celtes, Celts, from Latin Celtae, from Greek Keltoi.