Fenian

 /ˈfiːnɪən/

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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
Fe•ni•an  (fēnē ən, fēnyən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. World Historya member of an Irish revolutionary organization founded in New York in 1858, which worked for the establishment of an independent Irish republic.
  2. History, Mythology(in late Irish legends) a member of a group of warriors always ready to defend Ireland against its enemies.
Feni•an•ism, n. 
  • Irish féinne (genitive of fiann band of Fenians) + -ian; influenced by Old Irish féne ancient inhabitant of Ireland
  • 1810–20


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

Fenian /ˈfiːnɪən/ n
  1. (formerly) a member of an Irish revolutionary organization founded in the US in the 19th century to fight for an independent Ireland
adj
  1. of or relating to the Fenians
Etymology: 19th Century: from Irish Gaelic fēinne, plural of fian band of warriors

ˈFenianism n



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