fedayee

noun
fe·​da·​yee | \ fi-ˌda-ˈ(y)ē How to pronounce fedayee (audio) , -ˌdä- \
plural fedayeen\ fi-​ˌda-​ˈ(y)ēn How to pronounce fedayee (audio) , -​ˌdä-​ \

Definition of fedayee

: a member of an Arab commando group operating especially against Israel usually used in plural

First Known Use of fedayee

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fedayee

Arabic fidā'ī, literally, one who sacrifices himself

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“Fedayee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fedayee. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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