Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

Fenian

play
noun Fe·ni·an \ˈfē-nē-ən\

Definition of Fenian

  1. 1 :  a member of a legendary band of warriors defending Ireland in the second and third centuries a.d.

  2. 2 :  a member of a secret 19th century Irish and Irish-American organization dedicated to the overthrow of British rule in Ireland

Fenian

adjective

Fenianism

play \-ə-ˌni-zəm\ noun


Origin and Etymology of fenian

Fen- (probably in part from Middle Irish Féni freeholders, legendary settlers of Ireland, in part from Irish fiann, genitive singular féinne band of warriors) + -ian


First Known Use: 1816


Learn More about fenian


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Fenian? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to depart quickly

Get Word of the Day daily email!