Fe·​ni·​an | \ ˈfē-nē-ən How to pronounce Fenian (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Fenianism (audio) \ 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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“Fenian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Fenian. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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