Fenian

noun Fe·ni·an \ ˈfē-nē-ən \

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

Fenian

adjective

Fenianism

play \ˈfē-nē-ə-ˌni-zəm\ noun

Origin and Etymology of 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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