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[ahy-rish-muh n]
noun, plural I·rish·men.
  1. a man born in Ireland or of Irish ancestry.
  2. a native or inhabitant of Ireland.
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Origin of Irishman

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at Irish, -man
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noun plural -men
  1. a male native, citizen, or inhabitant of Ireland or a male descendant of someone Irish
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Word Origin and History for irishman



c.1200, from Irish + man (n.).

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