[hahy-bur-nee-uh n]
  1. a native of Ireland.

Origin of Hibernian

First recorded in 1625–35; Hiberni(a) + -an
Related formsnon-Hi·ber·ni·an, adjective, noun
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  1. of or relating to Ireland or its inhabitants
  1. a native or inhabitant of Ireland

Word Origin for Hibernian

from Hibernia, the Roman name for Ireland
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Word Origin and History for hibernian


1630s (adj.), 1709 (n.); see Hibernia + -ian. Related: Hibernianism.

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