noun, plural Or·ange·men.
Examples from the Web for orangemen
It was like Felix Marchand to arrange for just such an episode, and so throw the burden of responsibility on the Orangemen.The World For Sale, Complete|Gilbert Parker
The driver was just drunk enough for recklessness; he kept the horses jumping all down that Orangemen's parade.The Preacher of Cedar Mountain|Ernest Thompson Seton
The Orangemen are but a small fraction of the Protestants of that part of Ireland.
The Orangemen are moving heaven and earth to create disturbances, and their impotent fury shows how low their cause is sunk.The Greville Memoirs|Charles C. F. Greville
The Orangemen were still a noisy faction, but their organization appeared to be breaking up.Hyacinth|George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for orangemen
noun plural -men
Word Origin for Orangeman
Word Origin and History for orangemen
secret society founded 1795 in Belfast to promote Protestant power in Northern Ireland, named for William of Orange (who became King William III of England and triumphed in Ireland at the head of a Protestant army at the Battle of the Boyne), of the German House of Nassau. His cousins and their descendants constitute the royal line of Holland.
The name is from the town of Orange on the Rhone in France, which became part of the Nassau principality in 1530. Its Roman name was Arausio, which is said in 19c. sources to be from aura "a breeze" and a reference to the north winds which rush down the valley, but perhaps this is folk etymology of a Celtic word. The name subsequently was corrupted to Auranche, then Orange. The town has no obvious association with the fruit other than being on the road from Marseilles to Paris, along which masses of oranges were transported to northern France and beyond. In this roundabout way the political/religious movement of Northern Irish Protestantism acquired an association with the color orange, the Irish national flag acquired its orange band, and Syracuse University in New York state acquired its "Otto the Orange" mascot.