a member of an ancient people of uncertain origin who inhabited parts of northern Britain, fought against the Romans, and in the 9th century a.d. united with the Scots.
Origin before 900; back formation from Middle EnglishPictes (plural) < LatinPictī literally, painted ones, plural of pictus, past participle of pingere to paint; replacing Middle EnglishPeghttes,Old EnglishPeohtas,Pihtas ≪ Latin, as above
a member of any of the peoples who lived in Britain north of the Forth and Clyde in the first to the fourth centuries ad: later applied chiefly to the inhabitants of NE Scotland. Throughout Roman times the Picts carried out border raids
[Old English Peohtas; later forms from Late Latin Pictī painted men, from pingere to paint]