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[awr-inj-muh n, or-] /ˈɔr ɪndʒ mən, ˈɒr-/
noun, plural Orangemen.
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.
1790-1800; Orange + -man Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for orangemen


noun (pl) -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
C18: after William, prince of Orange (king of England as William III)
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Word Origin and History for orangemen
secret society founded 1795 in Belfast to promote Protestant power in N.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 Ger. 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, the town so called because it was said to have been a center for importing oranges to northern France and beyond (its Roman name was Arausio). In this roundabout way the political/religious movement of N.Ir. Protestantism acquired an association with the color orange.
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Encyclopedia Article for orangemen


an Irish Protestant and political society, named for the Protestant William of Orange, who, as King William III of Great Britain, had defeated the Roman Catholic king James II

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