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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.
Origin of Orangeman
1790-1800; Orange + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for Orangeman
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  • He was an Irishman and an Orangeman as well, and had naturally what was known in those parts as "the gift of the gab."

    From John O'Groats to Land's End Robert Naylor and John Naylor
  • "Well, why don't you say upset, you horrible old Orangeman," she retorted.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • The Orangeman looked upon himself as part of a foreign garrison, holding the "Papishes" in subjection.

  • He had been an Orangeman , and was a most ultra and even furious Protestant.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys Anthony Trollope
  • She lowered her voice and spoke in the ear of the Irish girl, the Orangeman's daughter.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
  • He is an Episcopalian, an Orangeman and a member of the flute band of his lodge.

    The Irish on the Somme Michael MacDonagh
  • Schomberg, William's general, had better luck, and it was on the quay below it that the great Orangeman first set foot in Ireland.

    The Charm of Ireland Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • Usually, on such occasions, blows are exchanged; and so the name of Orangeman has come to be associated with riots.

    The Charm of Ireland Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • You're down on him because his grandfather was an Orangeman!

    King Coal Upton Sinclair
  • Yet here it was, and some Orangeman had paused long enough to add what is probably the usual third article of the controversy.

    The Charm of Ireland Burton Egbert Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for Orangeman


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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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