Breton

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a native or inhabitant of Brittany (especially one who speaks the Breton language)

a Celtic language of Brittany

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Perhaps the songs of the minstrels had kept alive in the hearts of the Bretons a memory of their island home.
Other poets followed, chief among them the delightful Chretien of Troyes, all writing mostly of the exploits of single knights at Arthur's court, which they made over, probably, from scattering tales of Welsh and Breton mythology.
They delighted in stories, in old Breton legends; and their favorite sport was to go and ask for them at the cottage-doors, like beggars:
And it seldom happened that they did not have one "given" them; for nearly every old Breton grandame has, at least once in her life, seen the "korrigans" dance by moonlight on the heather.
The door of the sacristy opened in the middle of that bony structure, as is often seen in old Breton churches.
Jupiter was clad in a coat of mail, covered with black velvet, with gilt nails; and had it not been for the rouge, and the huge red beard, each of which covered one-half of his face,--had it not been for the roll of gilded cardboard, spangled, and all bristling with strips of tinsel, which he held in his hand, and in which the eyes of the initiated easily recognized thunderbolts,--had not his feet been flesh-colored, and banded with ribbons in Greek fashion, he might have borne comparison, so far as the severity of his mien was concerned, with a Breton archer from the guard of Monsieur de Berry.
I gave her all my old clothes, even my old hats, though she always wears her Breton headdress.
Both herself and her husband had seen something of the larger world--he during the time of his service; while she had spent a year or so in Paris with a Breton family; but had been too home-sick to remain longer away from the hilly and green country, set in a barren circle of rocks and sands, where she had been born.
7) Long conceived as an uncommonly stable and enduring cultural possession of the Bretons, that costume was by the turn of the century attracting a new solicitude as a fragile inheritance requiring protection and advocacy; and becoming as well an iconic attraction within an ever-growing and socially diversifying international tourist commerce.
The people who settled here were poor, resulting in Cape Bretons migrating to the mainlaind.
The language, closely associated with Welsh, had been under pressure from the French government for many years but is still spoken by some 230,000 Bretons, the 28-year old told the Daily Post.
Although it's unlikely to rival the Da Vinci Code for sales, Yoran Delacour said he expected some Bretons to buy the new dictionary out of curiosity.
19) Bretons claimed, however, that this had in no way diminished "his prerogatives as successor to former `kings' of Brittany.
To make a long story short Caplan began publishing "Cape Bretons Magazine" and has been doing so for nearly 25 years.
The brand Celtitude expresses a Celtic attitude which we Welsh share with the Irish, Scots, Bretons, and so on, wherever they are across the world,' said Derek.