Definition of fedayeen in English:


Syllabification: fe·da·yeen
Pronunciation: /ˌfedāˈēn, -dīˈēn


Arab guerrillas operating especially in Israel and Palestine against the Israeli government, and in Iraq against the occupying coalition forces during and after the Second Gulf War.
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  • He had a firefight with the fedayeen and some of them got killed.
  • After the defeat of the dictator, she was reluctant to return as the fedayeen were still operating in the town.
  • The delegitimization of resisting combatants is continued in accompanying descriptions of the activities of the fedayeen and other militias.


1950s: from colloquial Arabic fidā'iyīn, plural of classical Arabic fidā'ī 'one who gives his life for another or for a cause', from fadā 'to ransom someone'. The singular fedai (from Arabic and Persian fidā'ī) had previously been used (late 19th century) to denote an Ismaili Muslim assassin.

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