Celt (?), n. [L. Celtae, Gr. , , pl.: cf. W. Celtiad one that dwells in a covert, an inhabitant of the wood, a Celt, fr. celt covert, shelter, celu to hide.]

One of an ancient race of people, who formerly inhabited a great part of Central and Western Europe, and whose descendants at the present day occupy Ireland, Wales, the Highlands of Scotland, and the northern shores of France.

[Written also Kelt. The letter C was pronounced hard in Celtic languages.]


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Celt, n. [LL. celts a chisel.] Archaeol.

A weapon or implement of stone or metal, found in the tumuli, or barrows, of the early Celtic nations.


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