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[ahy-rish-muh n] /ˈaɪ rɪʃ mən/
noun, plural Irishmen.
a man born in Ireland or of Irish ancestry.
a native or inhabitant of Ireland.
Origin of Irishman
Middle English word dating back to 1175-1225; See origin at Irish, -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the Irishman is a deacon of his craft, and settles the point like an adept.

  • It was an anti-climax such as only an Irishman could have achieved.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • No one in the whole ship was as zealous as the Irishman in searching for the culprit; but he took care never to find him.

    Sustained honor John R. Musick,
  • The name gave me no information beyond the fact that the speaker was an Irishman.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • "Judge me then," said Albinik, and he addressed a few words to the Irishman, who consented to pilot the ships.

    The Brass Bell Eugne Sue
  • There's a man I have my eye on out in Detroit, a fellow with millions, and an Irishman.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for Irishman


noun (pl) -men
a male native, citizen, or inhabitant of Ireland or a male descendant of someone Irish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Irishman

c.1200, from Irish + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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