fe·​da·​yee fi-ˌda-ˈ(y)ē How to pronounce fedayee (audio)
plural fedayeen fi-ˌda-ˈ(y)ēn How to pronounce fedayee (audio)
: a member of an Arab commando group operating especially against Israel
usually used in plural

Word History


Arabic fidā'ī, literally, one who sacrifices himself

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fedayee was in 1955

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“Fedayee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fedayee. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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