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Fianna

[fee-uh-nuh] /ˈfi ə nə/
plural noun, Irish History.
1.
the Fenians.
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  • The king and his son also agreed, and the decision was imparted to the Fianna.

    Irish Fairy Tales James Stephens
  • How does it happen that not one Fenian of the Fianna is at the side of his captain?

    Irish Fairy Tales James Stephens
  • As her foot moved a great shout of joy rose from the Fianna.

    Irish Fairy Tales James Stephens
  • "They are fighting all the hounds of the Fianna," cried a champion.

    Irish Fairy Tales James Stephens
  • "If there was any way of warning the Fianna not to come here," Fionn murmured.

    Irish Fairy Tales James Stephens
  • No man was received into the Fianna until his hair was first braided.

    One Irish Summer William Eleroy Curtis
  • If they came up with him he could not be taken into the Fianna.

    One Irish Summer William Eleroy Curtis
  • No man was received into the Fianna if his weapons trembled in his hands.

    One Irish Summer William Eleroy Curtis
  • I bade adieu to all the Fianna, and the tears flowed down my cheeks.

  • Then the Fianna and the Fairies of Munster started back to look for a trace of it.

British Dictionary definitions for Fianna

Fianna

/ˈfiːənə/
plural noun
1.
a legendary band of Irish warriors noted for their heroic exploits, attributed to the 2nd and 3rd centuries ad Also called Fenians
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