Definition of Brythonic in English:


Syllabification: Bry·thon·ic
Pronunciation: /briˈTHänik
(also Brittonic /briˈtänik/)


  • Denoting, relating to, or belonging to the southern group of Celtic languages, consisting of Welsh, Cornish, and Breton. Compare with Goidelic. Also called P-Celtic.
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    • Welsh, or Cymraeg, is a Celtic language belonging to the Brythonic group consisting of Breton, Welsh, and the extinct Cornish.
    • The Brittonic form of Celtic (thought to have been spoken throughout Britain prior to the Anglo-Saxon conquest and still represented by Welsh, Cornish and Breton) is usually regarded as a later development of Celtic than Goedelic.
    • Welsh and Breton are the only surviving members of the ancient British or Brythonic subdivision of the Celtic language family.


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  • The Brythonic languages collectively.
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    • Insular Celtic, usually further divided into: British or Brythonic (from Brython a Briton) and Irish or Goidelic (from Goidel an Irishman: modern Gael) British and Gaulish were at one time a continuum of linked dialects.
    • Several place-name elements are thought to be wholly or partly Brythonic in origin, particularly bre-, bal-, and dun for hills, carr for a high rocky place, coomb for a small deep valley.
    • To begin with, Wales was Prydain, where Brythonic, then Cymraeg or Welsh, were spoken extensively except for Pict-occupied northern Scotland.


from Welsh Brython 'Britons' + -ic.

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