Tanist meaning

tăn'ĭst, thô'nĭst
The heir apparent to an ancient Celtic chief, elected during the chief's lifetime.
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In early Ireland, the elected heir of a living Celtic chief in a system limiting the choice to the chief's kin.
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The heir presumptive to a Celtic clan.
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Origin of tanist

Irish Gaelic tánaiste second, tanist from Old Irish tánaise sed- in Indo-European roots