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[ahy-rish-muh n] /ˈaɪ rɪʃ mən/
noun, plural Irishmen.
a man born in Ireland or of Irish ancestry.
a native or inhabitant of Ireland.
Origin of Irishman
1175-1225; Middle English; see Irish, -man Unabridged
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  • But the Irishman is a deacon of his craft, and settles the point like an adept.

  • Mortimer's gallant act had roused the Irishman's admiration.

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  • No one in the whole ship was as zealous as the Irishman in searching for the culprit; but he took care never to find him.

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  • Say, there was a scared Irishman, if you ever saw one in your life.

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  • "Judge me then," said Albinik, and he addressed a few words to the Irishman, who consented to pilot the ships.

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  • "I'll have you before his honour," is the threat of an Irishman who hopes for partiality.

British Dictionary definitions for Irishman


noun (pl) -men
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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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