Celtic vs Irish - What's the difference?

celtic | irish |

As proper nouns the difference between celtic and irish

is that celtic is a branch of the indo-european languages that was spread widely over western and central europe in the pre-christian era while irish is the goidelic language indigenous to ireland, also known as irish gaelic.

As adjectives the difference between celtic and irish

is that celtic is of the celts; of the style of the celts while irish is pertaining to or originating from ireland or the irish people.

As a noun irish is

(as plural) the irish people.



(wikipedia Celtic)

Proper noun

(en proper noun)
  • A branch of the Indo-European languages that was spread widely over western and central Europe in the pre-Christian era.
  • Any one of several sports teams. See for a list.
  • Hyponyms

    * (branch of Indo-European) Brythonic, Goidelic

    Derived terms

    * Italo-Celtic * Proto-Celtic

    See also



  • Of the Celts; Of the style of the Celts
  • irish


    (wikipedia Irish)

    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • The Goidelic language indigenous to Ireland, also known as Irish Gaelic.
  • Irish is the first official and national language of Ireland
  • (surname)
  • Derived terms

    * Ulster Irish * Munster Irish * Connacht Irish


  • (as plural) The Irish people.
  • (obsolete) A board game of the tables family.
  • (US) Temper; anger, passion.
  • * 1834 , (David Crockett), A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett , Nebraska (1987), page 65:
  • But her Irish was up too high to do any thing with her, and so I quit trying.
  • * 1947 , Hy Heath, John Lange, (Clancy Lowered the Boom) :
  • Whenever he got his Irish up, Clancy lowered the boom.
  • *
  • whiskey, or whisky, elaborated in Ireland.
  • * 1889 , , (Three Men In A Boat) :
  • Harris said he'd had enough oratory for one night, and proposed that we should go out and have a smile, saying that he had found a place, round by the square, where you could really get a drop of Irish worth drinking.

    Usage notes

    * Use Irishman or Irishwoman for one singular person.


    (en adjective)
  • Pertaining to or originating from Ireland or the Irish people.
  • Sheep are typical in the Irish landscape.
  • Pertaining to the Irish language.
  • (derogatory) nonsensical, daft or complex.
  • "A number of derogatory nicknames began to emerge, including "Irish confetti" for thrown bricks, and "Irish kiss" for a slap" (Wisegeek.com)

    Derived terms

    * Irish coffee * Irish cream * Irishly * Irish slam * Irish joke

    See also

    * Erse * Gaelic * (ga) * Language list


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