Fe·​ni·​an ˈfē-nē-ən How to pronounce Fenian (audio)
: a member of a legendary band of warriors defending Ireland in the second and third centuries a.d.
: a member of a secret 19th century Irish and Irish-American organization dedicated to the overthrow of British rule in Ireland
Fenian adjective
Fenianism noun

Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Fenian was in 1816

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“Fenian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Fenian. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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