Irish·​man ˈī-rish-mən How to pronounce Irishman (audio)
: a native or inhabitant of Ireland
: a person who is of Irish descent

Examples of Irishman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Irishman rushed off his line with Mario Pašalić seemingly certain to score, blocking the shot with his face. Ben Church, CNN, 12 Apr. 2024 The first is the care The Night Of creator and The Irishman screenwriter Steven Zaillian, who wrote and directed every episode, has taken in making it. Judy Berman, TIME, 4 Apr. 2024 Ahmed Elmohamady, an Egyptian defender who played in England for more than a decade, said one of his former teammates, the Irishman Paul McShane, even joined him in fasting for a day one year. Tariq Panja, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2024 In 2003, Julien established his own auction house; Martin Nolan, a tall, droll Irishman with a background in finance, later joined him as the company’s chief financial officer and, eventually, its co-owner. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2024 When Ampudia met Riley, the general was impressed with the Irishman’s intelligence and commissioned him as a lieutenant. Sarah Quiñones Wolfson, Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2024 The Northern Irishman had cut an exasperated figure following a double-bogey at the par-four 14th, but roared home with three consecutive birdies to card 69 – a score exactly in-between his brilliant opening 65 and error-strewn second round 73. Jack Bantock, CNN, 16 Mar. 2024 Pacino has been nominated for the Academy Award nine times, for films like The Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon and The Irishman. Carly Tagen-Dye, Peoplemag, 11 Mar. 2024 Murphy made one of the night’s most effective speeches, calling himself a proud Irishman. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 11 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Irishman was before the 12th century

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“Irishman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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Irish·​man ˈī-rish-mən How to pronounce Irishman (audio)
: a person born or living in Ireland
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