[ fe-dah-yee ]
/ fɛ dɑˈyi /
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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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How to use fedayee in a sentence
Some were incursions by genuine infiltrators, called fedayeen, who launched violent attacks against Israelis.
“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 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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