celt

celt

[selt]

Origin:
1705–15; < Late Latin *celtis chisel, found only in the ablative case celte (Vulgate, Job XIX, 24)

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Celt

[kelt, selt]
noun
a member of an Indo-European people now represented chiefly by the Irish, Gaels, Welsh, and Bretons.
Also, Kelt.


Origin:
1695–1705; < Latin Celtae (plural); in Greek Keltoí (plural)

Celt

Celtic ( def 1 ).

Celt.

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celt (sɛlt)
 
n
archaeol a stone or metal axelike instrument with a bevelled edge
 
[C18: from Late Latin celtes chisel, of obscure origin]

Celt or Kelt (kɛlt, sɛlt)
 
n
1.  a person who speaks a Celtic language
2.  a member of an Indo-European people who in pre-Roman times inhabited Britain, Gaul, Spain, and other parts of W and central Europe
 
Kelt or Kelt
 
n

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celt
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 archaeologists for a class of prehistoric implements.

Celt
1607, from L. Celta, singular of Celtæ, 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.
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Celt.
Celtic
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celt

characteristic New Stone Age tool, a polished stone ax or adz head designed for attachment to a wooden shaft and probably mainly used for felling trees or shaping wood. Great numbers of celts have been discovered in sites in the British Isles and Denmark; they were obviously traded widely. Bronze Age tools of similar general design are also called celts.

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