One of an ancient people of northern Britain. They remained undefeated by the Romans and in the ninth century joined with the Scots to form a kingdom later to become Scotland.
[From Middle English Pictes, Picts, from Late Latin Pictī, from Latin pictī, pl. of pictus, painted; see PICTURE.]
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