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noun Chiefly Scot., Irish.
  1. a professional storyteller of family genealogy, history, and legend.
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Also shan·a·chie [shan-uh-kee] /ˈʃæn ə ki/.
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Historical Examples of shanachie

  • It is because he is the reincarnation of the shanachie of the Dark Ages.

    Irish Plays and Playwrights

    Cornelius Weygandt

  • If you doubt that he was shanachie, not druid, compare the two legends in "Beyond the Blue Septentrions."

    Irish Plays and Playwrights

    Cornelius Weygandt

Word Origin and History for shanachie


"skilled teller of tales and legends," from Old Irish sen "old," from PIE root *sen- (see senile).

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