- a member of an Arab commando group operating especially against Israel.
Origin of fedayee
1950–55; < dialectal Arabic fidāʾī (plural fidāʾīyīn) one who sacrifices himself (especially for his country)
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- (sometimes capital) (in Arab states) a commando, esp one fighting against Israel
from Arabic fidā'i one who risks his life in a cause, from fidā' redemption