[awr-inj-muh n, or-]

noun, plural Or·ange·men.

a member of a secret society formed in the north of Ireland in 1795, having as its object the maintenance and political ascendancy of Protestantism.
a Protestant of Northern Ireland.

Origin of Orangeman

First recorded in 1790–1800; Orange + -man Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for orangeman

Historical Examples of orangeman

  • "Well, why don't you say upset, you horrible old Orangeman," she retorted.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • She lowered her voice and spoke in the ear of the Irish girl, the Orangeman's daughter.


    S. R. Crockett

  • He had been an Orangeman , and was a most ultra and even furious Protestant.

  • Sir, replied the orangeman, I have carried on this trade now for many years.

  • You're down on him because his grandfather was an Orangeman!

    King Coal

    Upton Sinclair

British Dictionary definitions for orangeman


noun plural -men

a member of a society founded in Ireland (1795) to uphold the Protestant religion, the Protestant dynasty, and the Protestant constitution. Orange Lodges have since spread to many parts of the former British Empire

Word Origin for Orangeman

C18: after William, prince of Orange (king of England as William III)
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