Fenian Definition

fēnē-ən
noun
Any of a group of legendary military heroes of ancient Ireland.
Webster's New World
A member of a secret revolutionary movement formed in New York and Ireland to free Ireland from English rule.
Webster's New World

(derogatory , Scotland and Northern Ireland) A Catholic, especially one of Irish ethnicity or descent.

Wiktionary
(derogatory , Scotland and Northern Ireland) A supporter of Scottish association football club Celtic F.C.
Wiktionary
adjective
Of the Fenians.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Fenian

Noun

Singular:
Fenian
Plural:
fenians

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

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