Fenian meaning

fēnē-ən
One of a legendary group of heroic Irish warriors of the second and third centuries ad .
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A member of a secret revolutionary movement formed in New York and Ireland to free Ireland from English rule.
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(historical) A member of the Fenian Brotherhood or the Irish Republican Brotherhood, Irish republican organizations active in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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A member of a secret revolutionary organization in the United States and Ireland in the mid-19th century, dedicated to the overthrow of British rule in Ireland.
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Of the Fenians.
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(UK, Ireland) An Irish nationalist or republican.
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(derogatory , Scotland and Northern Ireland) A Catholic, especially one of Irish ethnicity or descent.
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(derogatory , Scotland and Northern Ireland) A supporter of Scottish association football club Celtic F.C.
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Any of a group of legendary military heroes of ancient Ireland.
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Origin of fenian

  • From alteration (influenced by féne body of freemen under early Irish law) of Irish Gaelic fianna bands of young warriors from Old Irish fíanna pl. of fían

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Blend of Old Irish feinne or fianna, plural of fiann (“soldier”), the name of a legendary band of Irish warriors, and Fene or Féni, legendary settlers of Ireland. First attested from 1816.

    From Wiktionary