Meaning of Q-Celtic in English:



  • Relating to or denoting the northern group of Celtic languages, including Irish, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx.

    Also called Goidelic

    ‘The Irish language comes from a dialect called the Q-Celtic.’
    • ‘Philologists have referred to them as P-Celtic in contrast to Goidelic as Q-Celtic.’
    • ‘The Gaelic spoken in Scotland derives from Q-Celtic.’


mass noun
  • The northern group of Celtic languages collectively.


Early 20th century Q, from the retention of the Indo-European kw sound as q or c in this group of languages.