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tanist

[ tan-ist, thaw-nist ]
/ ˈtæn ɪst, ˈθɔ nɪst /
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noun History/Historical.
the successor apparent to a Celtic chief, usually the oldest or worthiest of his kin, chosen by election among the tribe during the chief's lifetime.
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Origin of tanist

First recorded in 1530–40, tanist is from the Irish word tánaiste second, substitute, heir by election
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British Dictionary definitions for tanist

tanist
/ (ˈtænɪst) /

noun
history the heir apparent of a Celtic chieftain chosen by election during the chief's lifetime: usually the worthiest of his kin

Derived forms of tanist

tanistry, noun

Word Origin for tanist

C16: from Irish Gaelic tánaiste, literally: the second person
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