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Orangeman

[awr-inj-muhn, or-]
noun, plural Orangemen.
1.
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.
2.
a Protestant of Northern Ireland.

Origin:
1790–1800; Orange + -man

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Orangeman (ˈɒrɪndʒmən)
 
n , 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
 
[C18: after William, prince of Orange (king of England as William III)]

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