Fenian

noun
Fe·​ni·​an | \ˈfē-nē-ən \

Definition of Fenian 

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

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

Other Words from Fenian

Fenian adjective
Fenianism \ˈfē-​nē-​ə-​ˌni-​zəm \ noun

First Known Use of Fenian

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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