- a member of an Irish revolutionary organization founded in New York in 1858, which worked for the establishment of an independent Irish republic.
- (in late Irish legends) a member of a group of warriors always ready to defend Ireland against its enemies.
Origin of Fenian
Examples from the Web for fenian
Historical Examples of fenian
Of course you have heard of the great Fenian raid, which really is to come off.
Yates got a pass, written by the Fenian general, so that we should not be troubled again.In the Midst of Alarms
I would rather not name the Fenian leaders I knew, and the reason is this.
The Fenian conception was high-souled, and had some romance about it.
Possibly at the moment, the vulgar Fenian seemed the finer fellow.Lord Kilgobbin
- (formerly) a member of an Irish revolutionary organization founded in the US in the 19th century to fight for an independent Ireland
- Irish myth one of the Fianna
- derogatory, offensive an Irish Catholic or a person of Irish Catholic descent
- of or relating to the Fenians
Word Origin for Fenian
1816, blend of Old Irish feinne, plural of fiann, name of a band of Irish warriors + Old Irish Fene, name of the ancient inhabitants of Ireland. Reference to Irish-American brotherhood of that name first attested 1864.