/tan"ist, thaw"nist/, n. Hist.
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.
[1530-40; < Ir tánaiste second, substitute, heir by election]

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