[ 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)
Words nearby fedayee
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Example sentences from the Web for fedayeen
“We were in contact with the fedayeen until their final minutes,” he says, using the term that refers to suicide bombers.
British Dictionary definitions for fedayeen
/ (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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