Definition of


  1. (noun, person) a member of a European people who once occupied Britain and Spain and Gaul prior to Roman times

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Celt


Alternate forms of Celt

Derivations: celtic

Hyponyms: briton, gael, gaul

Hypernyms: european

Origin of the word Celt

  1. 1715, from L. ghost word (apparently a misprint of certe) in Job xix:24 in Vulgate: "stylo ferreo, et plumbi lamina, vel celte sculpantur in silice;" translated, probably correctly, in KJV as, "That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever." But assumed to be a genuine carving tool, since it was in the Bible, and adapted by arc… more
  2. 1607, from L. Celta, singular of Celt?, from Gk. Keltoi, Herodotus' word for the Gauls (who were also called Galatai). Used by the Romans of continental Gauls but apparently not of the British Celtic tribes. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Note: If you're looking to improve your vocabulary right now, we highly recommend Ultimate Vocabulary Software.

Word of the Moment


improve or perfect by pruning or polishing