[ 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.

Origin of fedayee

1950–55; < dialectal Arabic fidāʾī (plural fidāʾīyīn) one who sacrifices himself (especially for his country)
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/ (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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Word Origin and History for fedayeen



partisans or irregulars in the Middle East, from Arabic plural of fedai "devotee, zealot, one who risks life for a cause," from Persian fidai.

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