IRA

or I.R.A.

Irish Republican Army

noun
  1. an underground Irish nationalist organization founded to work for Irish independence from Great Britain: declared illegal by the Irish government in 1936, but continues activity aimed at the unification of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Abbreviation: IRA, I.R.A.
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British Dictionary definitions for i.r.a.

IRA

abbreviation for
  1. Irish Republican Army

Irish Republican Army

noun
  1. a militant organization of Irish nationalists founded with the aim of striving for a united independent Ireland by means of guerrilla warfareAbbreviation: IRA
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Word Origin and History for i.r.a.

I.R.A.

2

also IRA, initialism for individual retirement account, attested from 1974.

I.R.A.

1

also IRA, initialism for Irish Republican Army, attested from 1919.

Ira

masc. proper name, from Hebrew, literally "watchful," from stem of 'ur "to awake, to rouse oneself."

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i.r.a. in Culture

Irish Republican Army

A secret organization in Ireland that originally fought for Irish independence from Britain. After the division of Ireland in the early twentieth century into Northern Ireland, which remained united with Britain, and the Irish Free State, now called the Republic of Ireland, the IRA took as its goal the uniting of the entire island under the Republic. The IRA continues to pursue this goal; membership, however, is illegal in the Republic, and the IRA's Provisional Wing has practiced terrorism. (See Sinn Fein.)

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