Definitions

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  • n. A bard among the Highlanders of Scotland, who preserved and repeated the traditions of the tribes.
  • n. A genealogist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bard among the Highlanders of Scotland, who preserved and repeated the traditions of the tribes; also, a genealogist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Highland genealogist, chronicler, or bard.

Etymologies

Gaelic seanachaidh. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The seannachie recited the genealogy of the tribe, which they traced to the race of the Dalriads; the harpers played within, while the war pipes cheered the multitude without.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • (This post was edited by jennifer rose on Jan 11, 2005, 6: 17 AM) seannachie

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  • He has been inspired by his great grandfather, a seannachie folk historian, who would "go from village to village, telling stories", and his Irish mother's fondness for teaching him and his brothers history through a series of exciting stories.

    Profile of Conn Iggulden, historical fiction writer

  • "Take a glass of wine, Sir Arthur, and drink down that bead-roll of unbaptized jargon, that would choke the devil -- why, that last fellow has the only intelligible name you have repeated -- they are all of the tribe of Macfungus -- mushroom monarchs every one of them; sprung up from the fumes of conceit, folly, and falsehood, fermenting in the brains of some mad Highland seannachie."

    The Antiquary — Complete

  • “Take a glass of wine, Sir Arthur, and drink down that bead-roll of unbaptized jargon, that would choke the devil — why, that last fellow has the only intelligible name you have repeated — they are all of the tribe of Macfungus — mushroom monarchs every one of them; sprung up from the fumes of conceit, folly, and falsehood, fermenting in the brains of some mad Highland seannachie.”

    The Antiquary

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