[ fe-dah-yee ]
/ fɛ dɑˈyi /
noun, plural fe·da·yeen [fe-dah-yeen] /fɛ dɑˈyin/.
a member of an Arab commando group operating especially against Israel.
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Origin of fedayee
1950–55; < dialectal Arabic fidāʾī (plural fidāʾīyīn) one who sacrifices himself (especially for his country)
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British Dictionary definitions for fedayee
/ (fəˈdɑːjiː) /
noun plural -yeen (-jiːn)
(sometimes capital) (in Arab states) a commando, esp one fighting against Israel
Word Origin for fedayee
from Arabic fidā'i one who risks his life in a cause, from fidā' redemption
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